Residents of Agbadu village in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State are currently lamenting the alleged neglect of the community by the state government despite hosting the state-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.
Our correspondent who visited the village on Tuesday reported that there was only one link road to the village whose only source of water is a stream.
The community head, Ayinla Bamgbose, told PUNCH Metro that the community had never enjoyed the dividends of democracy.
Bamgbose regretted that all efforts made in the past to get the state government to meet their demands did not yield positive results.
He said many people had fled the community because it lacked potable water, good roads, electricity, health facilities and schools for their children.
He said, “Our problem started a long time ago when we were told that the government has acquired our land to build a school, and we were asked to vacate the community.
“We have nowhere to go because this is where we have known as our home for several years. We have pleaded with the state government to provide us with an alternative location that will be conducive for us, even if they want us to relocate.
“All our pleas to get the government to provide us with basic amenities such as water have been met with empty promises. We have resorted to using water from our stream for our daily needs, even when we are aware it is not safe for us.”
Bamgbose added that the borehole provided by MAPOLY authorities had been cut off because the institution alleged that residents were disturbing the peace of the institution.
“There was a time the polytechnic gave us water, but they have cut the supply because they claim that our children often make noise when they come to fetch water,” he said.
Reacting to the allegation of stopping the water supply to the community, the Public Relations Officer of MAPOLY, ‘Yemi Ajibola, told our correspondent that the action was taken as a reaction to the excesses of the community.
“The polytechnic, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities, thought of giving them water, but while we are planning to make them comfortable, the polytechnic told them they should not erect new structures, but they started selling the land and erecting new structures.
“The council then told them they should leave, more reason the water extended to them was cut off, coupled with their attitude of disturbing the peace of the polytechnic.”
Ajibola said there was a plan in place to supply electricity to the community, but the attitude of the community had stopped the institution from going ahead with the plan.
“Neither the polytechnic nor the state government neglected them,” he concluded.
When contacted, the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, directed our correspondent to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Abayomi Arigbabu, who requested that our reporter should send a text message.
Arigbabu has not responded to the message at the time of filing this report.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Chairman, Obafemi-Owode Local Government, Adesina Ogunsola, proved abortive, as he did not reply to the message sent to his phone, and he did not return calls made to his line.