By Hugo Odiogor
LAGOS— Residents of Ago, Okota area of Lagos State, have appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to rescue them from the agony that has become their daily experience as the access road to the growing surburb in Isolo Local Government Area has been washed off by erosion.
The residents have been cut off at the Balogun end of the Ago Palace way for residents heading to Cele express, while those going to Amuwo Odofin have to navigate through the AP filling station because the road at the Sunday Aghedo end of the road has equally been washed out.
Workers, students and other users of the road spend hours all day in traffic as both sides of the narrow access road has been washed off by erosion. Some vehicles skid into the drainage while others run into each other as they struggle to escape from the daily melee.
Mr. Francis Oshodi, a resident, told Vanguard “we are aware that government has plans to expand the road but they have to resurface it to make it passable.”
“We have dreaded the coming of the rain and now our nightmares are here. Ago is known for its bad roads; both the access road and adjoining streets are filled with dangerous craters.
Another resident, Mrs. Uchenna Chinaka, urged Governor Fashola to remember that residents of Ago voted massively for him in the hope that the government will respond to the aspirations of the people to save Ago from degenerating into a slum.
According to her, “it is surprising that an area that holds so much prospect of developing into a high brow commercial area and boost the revenue of the local government is being allowed to degenerate very fast. The local government seems to be sleeping on duty as the officials have remained nonchalant to the plight of the people.
“What is the wisdom of putting highway managers to sweep a road that is impassable and riddled with potholes and pool of water?”