By Hugo Odiogor & Kingsley Adegboye
…As Lagos commences palliative repairs on the road
Embattled members of Ago Unit of National Union of Road Transport Workers and Landlord Association of Park View Estate have embarked on self help effort to rescue the total collapse of Ago- Amuwo Odofin access road.
Faced with endless agony caused by the deplorable condition of the road, two groups have mobilized funds and human resources to fill the deep crest created by stagnant flood water with hard core stones and granites.
Financial Secretary of NURTW, Mr. Ajose Taiwo said “the failed section road has become a nightmare particularly at the Park view Estate gate, for their business and for the residents of Ago who ply the road daily.
He said “this situation has frequently caused their buses to breakdown in the middle of the flood and in the process, forces passengers to disembark into pool of water or pay area boys to carry them out of the buses across the flood water”. According to Taiwo, each trip of a Ten-tyre truckload costs between N120, 000.00 to N140, 000.00,and the landlords supply between six to eight of such truck loads to the site.”
The Auditor of the Union, Mr. Fatayi Olaifa said in the past “Christ Embassy had been active in supporting to carry out repair work on the road, but we have not seen them again and other churches and organized groups who should join us to make the road useable”
Olaifa, said “we want to appeal to the state Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to have a change of heart on Ago road, we need drainage at both sides of the busy road to channel away the rain water.”
Vanguard learnt that the Chairman of the LCDA Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye has not shown up at the failed road to see the effort being made by the NURTW and the Landlords.
However, palliative works designed to bring immediate relief to the flooded parts of Ago Palace Way, Okota was last week flagged off by the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Obafemi Hamzat.
Speaking at the flagging off, the commissioner explained that the palliative works will not only ensure the ease of flow of the rain waters by creating drains but will also see the road level raised.
He described the road as a failed asphalt road resulting from the growth in population and the consequent pressure resulting from development along the corridor.
He noted that the original design was to use the sides as drains which the development has blocked. Hamzat said the palliative works which will cost the State Government about N90million will take about 8 weeks to complete. He added that contract for the fourth phase of the Ago Palace Way to cover the length from Century Hotel to the end of the road has been awarded.
While restating the commitment of the State Government to delivering a first class road on the axis, the Commissioner noted that challenges are to be expected for which the Ministry is positioned to address.