By Azeez Sanusi
Motorists and other road users plying the Jakande/Ejigbo/Ikotun route presently have cause to sigh in relief with the on-going rehabilitation and reconstruction of the failed and flood-prone road intersection at Iyana Ejigbo that has been notorious for frequent traffic bottlenecks, a nightmare for several years. More heartening, according to residents and road users, is the current effort to fix the drainage challenge believed to be responsible for the frequent flooding of the place any time it rains.
On why it has taken government this long to respond to the drainage problem at Iyana Ejigbo, the Local Government Chairman, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, Lagos State, Kehinde Bamigbetan, speaking through the Council’s Information Officer, Rabiu Hassan, said that portion of the road was always water logged, thereby impeding vehicular movement. He added that the situation was worsened by the fact that “for years now, we have been experiencing serious flooding each time we are in the raining season”.
On why major actions were not taken in the past to remedy the situation, he explained thus: “Initially, we thought the problem was a minor one; last year, we provided many palliative measures on that spot but all to no avail, it did not yield any solution. So he (the LCDA chairman) concluded that we needed to visit the Ministry of the Environment. When he approached them, they came to inspect the place and discovered that government needed to concretize the drainage that was constructed to channel water to the Egbe bridge canal. So, we needed to dig below the drainage so that there would be more space for the water. This is the final solution or permanent solution to the problem of flood in that area”.
Rabiu also informed that: “According to the construction firm, they will use about four months to finish up the job. And since the rain has stopped, it is likely they will complete the work before that target of four months. What the company wants to do in essence is to provide a concrete channel, drainage outlet for the water to find its way into the canal. It is after they might have completed their work that the road will now be tarred so that the problem will be over once and for all”.
Bakare Akeem, resident engineer Oshodi – Isolo informed that the dimension of the drain is 1.5 by 1.5, that is 1.5 meter depth and 1.5 meter width, assuring that “I am sure that this drain will actually de-flood this road because the capacity of the flood is not much compared to the capacity of this drain, it will definitely de-flood Iyana-Ejigbo.”