Residents groan as potholes take over Ajao Estate

A pothole in Ajao Estate

A pothole in Ajao Estate

It is pains and gnashing of teeth for motorists driving through Ajao Estate, Isolo Local Council of Lagos State.

The daily worsening condition of the roads, which has seen potholes taking over them, has got residents wondering whether state and local government authorities have forgotten about them.

The downpour in recent times has inflicted more agony on the ‘open sore’, as road users lose count of the increasing number of potholes, the incessant traffic gridlock that it causes during peak hours, and the wear and tear vehicles are subjected to.

The potholes are more noticeable at the Ajao Estate Gate entries, from both the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road and Osolo Way, down to the estate’s inner streets, and the link bridge connecting the area to Oke-Afa estate in Ejigbo.

A resident, Mr. Ginikachi Obodo, told The Guardian that most streets in the estate are in bad shape and there is compelling need for the state and local governments to rehabilitate them in order to restore the glory of the estate.

“The stretch of road from the Ajao Estate Gate, along Airport Road, down to Stella Sholanke Street, up on to Akinola Sholanke, by Cobham Street have all collapsed. Lateef Salami Street, a major entrance into the estate, has several collapsed portions, which still hold stagnant water, including Lanre Ebegbuna and many others,” he stated.

Another resident, Mr. Olamide Oluwadara, wondered why the Lagos State Public Works Commission (LSPWC) has neglected the estate in the ongoing rehabilitation of roads in the state, despite persistent calls by residents in the past.

The Sole Administrator, Isolo Local Council Development Area, Ms. Abimbola Osikoya, said the council would very soon inspect the estate to see how to rehabilitate the roads to ensure people move freely to their work places and businesses.

Osikoya said: “Though we are not aware of the residents’ complain but any moment from now, we will visit the area and their problem would become a thing of the past.”

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