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December 11, 2020
By Adeboye Ado, Akure
Tragedy has struck again in Akungba, Akoko South West Local Government Area of Ondo State as two trucks collided near Adekunle Ajasin University, causing fierce inferno.
It was gathered that a cement carrying truck which was descending the hilly part of the University Community had brake failure, ran into a broken down truck conveying gift items and fish.
The incident happened exactly 4pm on Friday 11 December 2020.
A Source disclosed that three people were trapped in the accident.
The source said it was a lucky day for the community, as the huge fire narrowly missed hitting a petrol station by the University and other residential buildings.
An eyewitness said valuable items worth millions of Naira were gutted in the conflagration.
Prominent indigenes of Akungba Akoko are appealing to both the Federal and State Government to intervene in the incessant road accidents in their University Community.
“The main road in Akungba needs urgent dual carriage way like what is obtaining in Ikare, to accommodate the deluge of traffic in the fast growing settlement” said the Alale of Akungba, Kabiyesi Oba Isaac Sunday Adeyeye, Ajimo III.
The Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Otunba Gboyega Adefarati believes that the Report from the Safety Committee in Akungba set up by the Governor after the dastardly road mishap of October 31 which claimed dozens of lives, would find necessary panacea to the scourge of accidents in the area.
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, when contacted by the Akinrogun of Akungba Kingdom, Chief Alaba Yusuf, lamented the slow pace on the part of government to implement the Commission’s safety engineering road map recommendation.
“The corridor is well covered in our safety network both from Oka and Ikare axis where we have functional offices. But the hitch lies in the absence of finances for equipment and other logistics” stated an impeccable source close to FRSC top echelon.