By Dayo Adesulu
THE residents of White Sand community in Isheri-Oshun, under Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area for years have not found it easy to access their houses, as it has been blocked by a canal that overflows during heavy downpour.
Sadly, the community, which consists of 15 Community Development Associations with over 1.2 million residents, has not felt the presence of the Lagos State government in terms of basic infrastructure.
Addressing newsmen on their plight, the Chairman of Whitesand Community Development Association, Pastor Adewale Oyewo said members of the community have spent over N70million on road construction to serve as a palliative measure.
Narrating their ordeal, Mr. Oyewo said: “The whole place is a swampy area, members of the community have spent millions of Naira to provide poles, cables, transformers, drainages and opening of the canal. We have constructed several culverts to allow passage of water because once it rains, the whole community is sacked, our children can’t go to school because most of the houses would be submerged in water. Landlords have vacated their houses because of damages done to their properties by water.”
The Chairman noted that several letters have been written to the Lagos State Government, through the Offices of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Work and Drainage, Permanent Secretary Ministry of the Environment, Lagos State Public Advice Centre as well as the office of Governor Akinwumi Ambode requesting for assistance in dredging the canal, but without reply.
He urged the Lagos State government to come to their aid to avoid what happened recently in Abeokuta and Katsina that claimed many lives and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed.
On his part, Chairman Isale-Ijon Community Development Area in Isheri-Oshun area, Alhaji Hakeem Oladipupo said: “The water that was supposed to go into the canal, under the bridge at Isheri, was channeled into the community and at the end of each rainfall, all the water settles in our community and we have been battling with this for so long.
Oladipupo said after approaching the Ministry of works for assistance on dredging the canal, they were asked to pay over N700,000 for Survey Plan which they did.
He, however, lamented that the matter has not been attended to.