BY BASHIR ADEFAKA
…Residents appeal to Lagos Govt
RESIDENTS of Unilag Estate Magodo, Isheri in Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State, have called on the Lagos State Government to help alleviate their sufferings.
Residents have suffered from lack of basic amenities, including pipe-borne water, access roads and power supply. Vanguard’s visit to the estate, Tuesday, revealed that the self-help by the residents had been stretched to the limit and they have reached a the point that except the government steps in especially as the rains start, they will be cut off from the rest of the metropolis.
Unilag Estate, Magodo, is an area where the crème de la crème of the society live and as a result, quality houses are built there.
The residents have constructed quality drainage across the estate community roads. All they need now is for the government to tar the roads and provide other things that, according to them, tax payers and people who comply with government at the time of elections should enjoy.
One of the community leaders, Mrs Tolani Olanlokun expressed the frustration of the people in a chat with Vanguard. Olanlokun, who is President of Unilag Estate, Magodo Women Association, took Vanguard through the roads to see the progress of work done through self effort.
Her words: “All you see here is self effort. The government asked us to do drainage, we have done drainage. They said they would come in April. As at today, we have not seen any sign that they even remember that we exist much less that they will come.
“We do not feel the presence of Lagos State government here, at all. We generate our own power. We sink boreholes to be able to drink water. If that can be said to be okay, what of the implication of too many boreholes sunk in the same environment?
Generation of power
“We were told that Governor Babatunde Fashola would come here for rural electrification, he did not come,” she said.
An eminent Nigerian living within the Environmental Crescent/Social Science Road axis in the estate, names withheld, said: “This is my first time of coming here even to my own house. But I have always participated, through my wife and children, in the transformation effort of the community. Since I moved in here few weeks ago, I have not seen electricity other than what I have been able to get through the use of my generator.
“If you go out there, you will see the drainage being constructed. They are done through our self effort and not by government. Please, tell the government that their attention is highly needed here.”
When Vanguard walked through major roads in the area from the main gate through Council Crescent, Social Science Road to Environment Crescent, it became evident that the people had raised their arms only waiting to be lifted.