BY NNAMDI OJIEGO
AS far as residents of Ejigbo, Ikotun and other communities in old Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State are concerned, the government headed by Babatunde Fashola has been most unfair to them with respect to the provision of infrastructural facilities, especially roads.
They told Sunday Vanguard: “It is as if this area is not part of his administrative constituency of Lagos given the ordeal and untold hardship we are exposed to on a daily basis due to little or no government presence here.”
In the last three weeks, motorists and other road users have been literally passing through hell. They spend an average of five hours trying to get to Cele Express or Oshodi and vice versa due to bad state of the only road that links over 20 rural communities in the area.
The road which links Ijegun, Council, Egbeda, Idimu, Isheri, among thickly populated rural communities in the state has remained impassable any time it rains.
Sunday Vanguard learnt that the Ejigbo portion of the road at Orilowo junction where rain water was being channelled to was reportedly converted to a market by some powerful forces, thus causing flooding.
A journey from Cele Express or Iyana Isolo to Ikotun or Abaranje, which normally took about 30 minutes when roads were free, now takes about five hours or more as motorists try to avoid the gullies at the Ejigbo junction.
The poor state of the road has not only become a major cause of traffic gridlock in the area, it has also become a death trap.
The said the call for Fashola’s assistance has become necessary as the Ejigbo LCDA boss, Mr Kehinde Bamgbetan has failed to live up to his responsibility as the chief executive officer of the council, particularly, in fixing the bad portions at Iyana Ejigbo junction.