Ajao Estate Lagos: Residents charge council on roads repair

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Residents and road users in Ajao Estate, Isolo Local Council of Lagos State, are unhappy that the council is not taking advantage of the dry season to do a proper job on roads in the estate.

Though the council recently carried out minor repairs in the estate, starting from entrance gate, through Lateef Salami Street, the remedial work was not comprehensive and gave the impression that the council was unserious with the task.

Months after the exercise, large potholes in the estate, starting from Lateef Salami Street, down to the estate link bridge, up to Ejigbo Local Council are yet to receive attention.

When The Guardian visited the estate, it was found out that some inner streets in the estate have totally collapsed. They include Asa Afariogun, Stella Sholanke, Akinola Sholanke, and Cobham streets.

The residents’ frustration over the council’s attitude towards fixing the road is made worse when they remember the fact that some top local council officials reside within the estate.

A resident, Mr. Walter Balogun, told The Guardian that almost all the roads in the estate are in bad shape, and that they get worse whenever it rains.

Balogun said: “The roads become very bad for those of us who live here, especially when it rains.
 At the slightest rainfall, the road becomes impassable.
 Pedestrians have to walk along our shop corridors in order to avoid the muddy pools.
 It was not like that when we moved into this estate some years ago.

“I saw officials from the Works Department of Oshodi Local Council when they came around to repair roads in the estate, but they left the project uncompleted.

A businessman Ifeanyi Ike said: 
“It was few months ago that we saw some people grading the road and de-silting the drainage. Everybody was rejoicing that at last, the government has remembered us. But our joy was short-lived when, soon after, they left the site without completing the job,” he said.

Ike continued, “We thought they would return after the rains, but they did not. It has been getting worse since then and 2017 is here and we have not seen those workers back on the road. It appears the exercise has been forgotten. The roads have broken down and we are paying the price.
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The Sole Administrator, Isolo Local Council Development Area, Ms. Abimbola Osikoya, in a telephone interview said the council would very soon complete the rehabilitation works in the estate, especially those streets with critical potholes.

Osikoya said: “People should be patient enough with us as our workers have been repairing the roads. The project will be carried out bit by bit and very soon we would repair all the streets in the estate.”

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