By Hugo Odiogor
Residents of Lagos are heaving a sigh of relief with the onset of the dry season and gradual recession of the rains, which worsened the conditions of roads in the state.
From Ago in Okota to Ipaja- Ayobo, Langbasa- Ado, Apapa, Ojodu and other parts of the state, where stretches of potholes, craters and muddy surfaces had made Lagos roads death traps for cars and commuters alike.
With high accolades given to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola in Lagos state, the state of the roads throughout the state during the rainy season cast a slur on his mega city project as Lagosians groaned under the damages to their cars, the long hours spent in traffic and high cost of transportation were visited on them each time the heavens opened up,
Engr. Abiodun Abiona who resides in Abesan Estate, Ipaja said it had been a nightmare for residents of Ipaja -Ayobo and Command who have never had it so bad since former Lagos state military administrator Col. Mohammed Buba Marwa came to the aid of the teeming population that lived in the area.
“We have to wonder loudly what is he meaning of progressive leadership if people who enthroned a government could be so abandoned by an administration that every body want to praise to high heavens. I am not a politician, I am just a builder who makes a living from his hard work, as it is today, we can not say we are getting value for the taxes that they collect from us”.
Alhaji Rahman Adebiyi who lives in Oworonsoki told Environment Watch that with the end of the rains the Fashola administration should move fast to resurface washed out roads, it is strange that every year the road in Lagos cannot stand the rains, we believe that this is a big indictment on engineering solution in Lagos State.
The Chairman of Oodua Peoples Congress Dr. Fredrick Fasehun who lives in Ago, Okota said the failure of the Fashola administration in the area of road construction is a fall out of thecrisis between the Executive and the Legislative arms of government in Lagos state
Dr. Fasehun said the decision of Lagos State law makers to slash the 2010 budget of the governor, placed the government of Fashola under severe pressure as he was cash strapped to continue with the pace of development in the state. The OPC boss who owns a hotel in Ago was optimistic that with the end of the rains, the government will resume work on the roads.