6th October, 2010
Residents of Town Hall Street in Ifelodun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State,Â South West Nigeria, have protested what they described as lack of government presence inÂ their community, attributing it to the area councilâ€™s insensitivity to their plight.
They also said that since the council has been established some years back, there hasÂ been no government presence in terms of roads and water projects, among other socialÂ amenities, while the Primary Health Centre (PHC) recently built by the presentÂ administration cannot be accessed as a result of bad road.
Alhaji Ibrahim Seffa, a resident, told Lagos Bulletin that the community decided toÂ embark on the protest after waiting in vain for government to extent the dividends ofÂ democracy to them.
Seffa claimed that the only drainage built by the council was done about seven years agoÂ and it is already in a state of collapse due to bad state of the road.
â€œThe problem we have here is that since the LCDA was established, it can not lay claim toÂ a single road to have been constructed or rehabilitated. The council built a healthÂ centre here which we donâ€™t have access to. We cannot use it because there is no road toÂ get there.
â€œIt is on this premise that we are here to make the chairman feel our problem and profferÂ solution to it.
Seffa also claimed that for over 15 years, the community is usually flooded any time itÂ rains, another problem which the community wants the council to address urgently.
He appealed to the council authority to construct roads in the area, especially the oneÂ leading to the health centre, so that people may have access to the facility.
Apostle Innocent Chiboka, another resident also said that the only development in theÂ community was only through.
â€œThis is a community does not experience dry season, the whole place is always floodedÂ any time of the year and this is caused by lack of functioning drainage system and badÂ road.
â€œWe are here to make the council chairman know what we are going through so thatÂ something urgent could be done about it.
â€œSince the creation of this local government, our community has not benefited anythingÂ from government, it has always been fixing everything by the residents. We feel it isÂ high time government did something about our plight.â€
However, the community representatives were unable to see the council chairman, Mr. TaiwoÂ Adenekan, but his Personal Assistant, who identified himself simply as Femi, advised themÂ to channel their complaints through the councillor representing them in the council.
A visit to the community revealed that the whole place in shambles, while the roads haveÂ been taken over by refuse.
The council chairman could also not be reached for his comments on why the community hasÂ been neglected.