The Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has cautioned motorists over a container-laden truck which broke down along the One-Ten axis of Ring-Road inward Iyaganku, Ibadan.
The container-truck reportedly belongs to yet another member of the Council of Maritime Truck Unions and Associations (COMTUA), Lagos, owners of the long-abandoned container along Efunsetan roundabout, Challenge, Ibadan.
While the Authority has deployed sufficient men and officers to ensure safety and free flow of traffic along the route at this hour, the motoring public are advised to drive cautiously and remain vigilant as the broken-down truck impedes traffic flow, leaving motorists/motorcyclists to jostle for right of way.
During his inspection of the scene at about 0700hours of today 17th April, 2023, the Executive Chairman of the Authority, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi Ph.D said: “Our attention was drawn to this broken-down heavy duty and container-laden trailer along the One-Ten axis inward lyaganku, Ibadan around 0530hours.
“We immediately deployed more men to compliment efforts of our existing command at Aleshinloye/Dugbe to ensure the impact of the stagnated vehicle on traffic flow was minimised. I am here personally to follow up and see things for myself as you will agree that the route is one of the busiest in Ibadan Metropolis particularly at peak hours on weekdays.
“Whilst we call on motorists plying the route this morning to drive with caution, our preliminary investigation shows that the faulty truck belongs to yet another member of the Council of Maritime Truck Unions and Associations (COMTUA), Lagos, owners of the crashed container that was abandoned on the road for over three weeks which we were able to evacuate after several huddles just some days ago. We have called on the Council to caution her members to execute routine maintenance on their trucks as Oyo State would not accept to be a dumping ground for rickety heavy-duty trucks whose breakdowns would recurrently incapacitate Oyo State road users from going about their normal businesses, leading to unquantifiable economic loses and untold hardship.
“It is instructive to note that from all indices and indications, the COMTUA had not exhibited enough concerns over the danger her members subject the state motorists to viz their activities particularly in Oyo State.
“This is further evidenced in the media attacks personally sponsored by the Council’s National President, Mr Adeyewun Adeyinka to discredit the Oyo State Government over her efforts to ensure safety of lives and properties across the state.
“As an Authority statutorily constituted to ensure free flow of human and vehicular movement and ensure safety of road users across Oyo State, we shall continue to enforce our mandate regardless of whose ox is gored. We shall not play politics with human lives and all road traffic law violators shall be confronted with sufficient resistance”, Fagbemi concluded.
In the meantime, the National President of COMTUA, Mr Adeyewun Adeyinka had in an attempt to curry public sympathy after being fined by the Oyo State Government for abandoning a similar truck along Efunsetan Roundabout, Ibadan some weeks ago, recently circulated a misleading publication alleging a demand of about Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira into some private accounts, an allegation that had been confirmed false, unsubstantiated and only a figment of his imaginations.