Lagos Residents Protest Against Bad Roads

Lagos Residents Protest Against Bad Roads

Following what they perceived as the abandonment of an uncompleted road project in the community, youths in Ikorodu, on Saturday, took to the streets to protest the action of the Lagos state government.

Lagos Residents Protest Against Bad Roads

The youths protested the non-completion of the Oke-Ota Ona/Awolowo Road, saying their protest was an "advocacy for good governance in Ikorodu".

Commenting on the protest, Akadri Adeleke, Chairman, Ikorodu Youth Council, said that the youths were not happy with the non-completion of the road.

He claimed that the road, construction of which began in 2010, had been abandoned without any cogent explanation by the government.

"This road consumes lives on daily basis. Besides, hoodlums have found it convenient to be dispossessing people of their belongings and injuring those that manage to use the road," he said.

Lagos Residents Protest Against Bad Roads

"The impassable state of the road again has been causing accidents and vehicles plunge into ditches caused by the engineers while doing the construction work."

The member representing Ikorodu Constituency I in the state Assembly, Sanai Agunbiade, however, assured that the government had not abandoned the road.

He said that the delay was due to some natural factors, adding that work on the road would be completed in December.

"Very shortly, construction works will continue. Government is also trying to reach a consensus with the youths of the area to overcome some of the obstacles forcing the road not to be completed on time," he said.

Agunbiade urged the residents to stop dumping their waste in the drainage. Ayobo residents decry bad road.

In a similar development, some residents of Ayobo, a suburb of Lagos, have called on the Lagos State government to repair the main road linking the area to other parts of the state.

The residents said that the main access road in the area was in very bad state, and had led to high cost of transport and incessant mechanical faults for private vehicles

One of the residents, Oladele Ojo, a banker said that many of the residents have had to repair their cars often due to the bad sate of the road.

According to him, the link road would soon become inaccessible if major repairs were not done by the government immediately.

"We are really suffering in this place; we can hardly walk on the road now. And with the rain falling almost daily, the road is worsening by the day," he added.

Lagos Residents Protest Against Bad Roads

"We believe that to repair this major road will mean that the State Government still has us in mind."

Another resident of the suburb, Pastor Kehinde Onasanya, said, "Ayobo, especially Camp Davies Road, un, needs government’s presence. Most people don’t even go out with their vehicles again because of the state of the road."

Godwin Okoroafor, a landlord in Ayobo, said that the residents’ self-help effort to make the major link road manageable was not yielding the needed succour.

"The road is very important for the commercial growth of the area. Besides, it is a link road between Ogun and Lagos states," he said.

"Therefore, re-construction of the road will bring more commerce and, of course, progress to us the residents."


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