RESIDENTS of Onasanya Street in Bucknor Area of Jakande Estate, Isolo-Ejigbo, Lagos have cried out to the Lagos State Government to come to their aid as flood and erosion threaten their lives and property.
The residents who have been under siege whenever it rains over the past three years, said the damage done by erosion following the flooding of the area, is colossal as many residents have got to rebuild their fences after each raining season.
Having written the first letter to the state commissioner for environment in 2016 and another in May 2017, through their legal counsel, Obafemi Opanuga, the residents noted that the issue of invasion of the street and houses by erosion due to non completion of the channelization of the drainage into the main canal under the Isheri- Jakande Estate Link Bridge, needs urgent intervention.
“Since we wrote the letter, we have not been able to see any action towards alleviating our situation. What we saw sometime in February was an attempt by the contractor who did the Jakande- Isheri – Link Bridge to attempt at doing a drainage construction by the side of the bridge through which drainage channels from other streets were blocked and the drains were prevented from entering the purported drainage system constructed.
“Worse still, the said constructed drainage channel was done half way and not up to the canal. The effect of that on the erosion invasion of Onasanya Street could be better imagined. The erosion pulled down walls of buildings on the street.
We again appeal to the commissioner, to please look into our plight in this area and cause the drains to be opened up, so that there would be free flow of the erosion into the canal underneath the Jankande- Isheri link bridge. The suffering of the residents as a result of this erosion is much and all that is needed to be done is to open up the drains to empty successfully into the canal”, the residents cry out.