The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), have given the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to rehabilitate the highway linking Abeokuta with Sango-Ota and Lagos State.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman of NANS in Ogun, Damilola Simeon and the National President of NAOSS, Oluwagbemileke Ogunrombi on Sunday.
The students, while lamenting the deplorable condition of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, said “the road has now become a death trap and the hotspot of kidnappers and armed robbers.”
They also raised the alarm over the safety of motorists and other road users, especially students of the various learning institutions located along the road and in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital.
The associations argued that “no fewer than ten lives have been lost lately in various road accidents that occurred as a result of the deplorable condition of the road.”
They recalled that two students of the D.S. Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic were recently kidnapped by unknown gunmen along the same road.
They lamented that armed robbers and kidnappers have taken advantage of the poor state of the road to wreak havoc on unsuspecting members of the public.
According to them, the Federal Government has been given a 14-day ultimatum to commence reconstruction of the road, failure which they would shut down the road in a massive protest.