By Olasunkanmi Akoni
After five years of complaints and petitions to the Lagos State Government over the horrible state of roads in their community with no solution in sight, residents of Fanimokun Estate Development Association, in Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area, LCDA, have again renewed calls for the rehabilitation of these roads.
According to the residents, some of the affected roads such as Remi Ogunjimi, Jezza, Adaranijo, Olusegun Ogunro and Ararat Streets, also require functional drainage, even as the roads were said to serve as major link to the ever-busy Egbeda Bus Stop through Idimu Road and Okunola Road, usually experiencing traffic snarls daily.
Worried by the several man-hours lost on the roads, the residents have called on Governor Babatunde Fashola to come to their aid, stating that something urgent must be done as the rains are here again.
The Secretary of the association, Mr. Ade Adeoye, who spoke to Vanguard, said several petitions and complaints letters had been sent to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State; the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and Chairman of the Mosan-Okunola LCDA.
Adeoye, stated that the association had in a letter dated May 17, 2010, to the governor, requested for immediate intervention before the situation degenerated.
Consequently, a team from the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure was said to have been dispatched to carry-out an assessment of the area.
“They (government officials) actually came, did some survey of the area and promised to come back for proper reconstruction, but since then, nothing has been done. Every effort by the community to get them back to work has met brick-walls.
“The community leaders again wrote a reminder letter to the governor on February 18, 2011, requesting for intervention. Ït is very regretting to note that the community has suffered total neglect since inception of the present administration despite our unrelenting efforts for recognition to the past governments. Promises made by the government to bring development and dividend of democracy to our community have remained unfulfilled,’’ lamented Adeoye.
However, a fresh letter jointly signed by 12 community leaders in the area read in part “Ït is worthy to mention that one of the above mentioned streets, that is, Olusesan Ogunro Street which houses a branch of the council tax offices is yet to be developed.
“The need for the rehabilitation of these roads cannot be over emphasised. Consequently, we are again appealing to the state government to urgently rehabilitate these roads which continues to get worse and hazardous at every seconds of the day.
“While counting on your (Fashola), cooperation, it is also our sincere trust that you will give this matter your early attention.”
It will be recalled that sometime last December, 2014, the Lagos State Government said it has commenced massive grading and surface dressing of inner roads across the state. The government disclosed that the work would also complement the over 300 roads under construction in the state. During an inspection of some of the roads, Commissioner for Rural Development, Mr. Cornelius Ojelabi, said the government decided to grade the roads as a palliative measure.
He said that due to lack of funds, the state government could not carry on construction of new roads.
Ojelabi said, “Presently, the state has over 9,000 roads that need to be constructed or upgraded, but the funds are not available. As a result, the government is constructing roads in phases with available resources. But the governor approved that the roads should be made motorable for the people by grading them to make commuting easier.”
The commissioner said the grading of roads would be done in all the five divisions of the state and that over 100 roads are expected to be graded at the end of the first phase of the exercise. He however, called on residents and community leaders to ensure they maintain the roads by channelling their waste water properly into their soak-aways and not on the road.
“No amount of money spent to construct or grade roads will show if people don’t desist from the unwholesome habit of channelling waste water to the roads.” Ojelabi said.