Residents of Ejigbo in Oshodi-Isolo local government area of Lagos State are not happy because “our roads are in bad shape and flooding has become a constant pain for us”. They are calling on the state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to come to their aid.
The residents listed Egbe Road, Ifoshi Road among others as problematic roads which have caused untold hardship to residents and motorists in the area.
“Whether in the rainy season or dry season, we are suffering here. See for yourself, the roads are terrible and you can see the heavy traffic on these roads. They are bad. We need help. Sanwo-Olu is working, we know but we want him to come to Ejigbo and see things for himself. He should not believe the fake reports the local council officials are feeding him with,” blurted Mr Olu Adedayo, a resident of the area.
Another resident, Mrs Abike Olanrewaju, called on Governor Sanwo-Olu to undertake a surprise visit to Ejigbo so he can fully appreciate the pains of the people. According to her, Ejigbo, especially Ifoshi Road has suffered neglect right from the days of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Governor.
“Each time they come to fix the road something happens and they will abandon the work. Sanwo-Olu should help us. He is Omoluabi. A well brought up child, he should help his people here. We voted for APC and we want to see the gain in voting for our party”, she said.
Meanwhile, Mr Monsurudeen Bello, Chairman, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), has decried the uncoordinated activities of commercial vehicle drivers and illegal trading, saying they are major causes of traffic congestion.
Bello said on Thursday in Lagos that motorists plying Jakande Gate should maintain sanity so as to decongest traffic in the area.
According to him, roadside vendors and those that pitch sheds, shops and tents indiscriminately are constituting nuisance to commuters and vehicular movements.
The chairman said: “Illegal disposal of refuse inside drainage channels and on roadside have spoiled the scientific beautification of entrance to the Jakande Estate Gate.
“The walk-ways originally meant for pedestrians are now being encroached upon by vehicles of every description and traders.
“Air pollution has drastically increased while the numbers of respiratory and allied diseases are now on the high side.
“Critically ill or injured patients die on the way to the hospital due to traffic around the gate, umpteen hours are lost everyday as commuters get stranded enroute to work.’’
According to him, this has a detrimental effect on our economy and it must stop.