20th September, 2010
â€œThe major problem we are facing in this area is bad roads. All our roads are in badÂ shape. We take our vehicles to mechanics nearly on a daily basis and in most cases, andÂ we find it difficult to get vehicles to our destinations owing to the bad roads.â€
This were the words of Mr. Adewale Iyanda, a resident of Ejigbo Local Council DevelopmentÂ Area, Lagos State, South West Nigeria, while responding to Lagos Bulletin’s question onÂ the state of the roads in the area.
Iyanda, who said he had been living in the community for over a decade, added that he hadÂ never seen a local government in the state where roads are so bad and the area councilÂ has done nothing ameliorate the plight of the residents.
Another resident, Mr. Chukwu Philip, a commuter bus driver said, â€œthe situation of roadÂ in this local government is appalling. We are always in for big trouble whenever itÂ rains.
â€œAll the roads area bad, even the main Jakande-Ejigbo road is not in a condition that aÂ normal road should be. And we pay our levies, rates and dues but it is unfortunate thatÂ people are not benefiting from the government.
â€œWe appeal to the state government to look into our problem. If that is the only dividendÂ of democracy that we get from this government, we shall remain faithful and loyal to theÂ government,â€ he said.
Some of the streets visited by Lagos Bulletin include Adeola Almaroof, Ganiu Lawal,Â Ilufun, Alaba, Nurudeen Aiyedun, Owonikoko, Osungbesan streets and Idimu road. It wasÂ learnt that some of the roads hitherto slated for some sort of rehabilitation have beenÂ abandoned.
The residents of the community have appealed to the state governor, Mr. Babatunde RajiÂ Fashola, to help rehabilitate these roads, which they said would help in improving bothÂ the economy and social life.