Motorists, Residents Seek Repair Of Bad Road In Ojokoro LCDA


Residents and users of Fatunbi St.,  an inner city road in Alagbado Community, Lagos State, have urged Mr Hammed Tijani, the Chairman, Ojokoro Local Council Development Area (LCDA), to urgently repair the road.

Some of the residents and users, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday, appealed to the authority to urgently intervene and do the needful as the road was in a deplorable condition.

Emmanuel Olugoroye, an Artisan, told NAN that the road had always been bad but it had become worse when operators of commercial buses resolved to using the road as an alternative route to Sango-Toll Gate.

Olugoroye said the use of Fatunbi St. as an alternate road was as a result of the ongoing road rehabilitation between Mosalasi and Meiran corridors of the Abeokuta Expressway.

He said that vehicles, tricycles and motorcyclists plying the road often broke down as a result of the deep potholes and dirty water on the road, saying that it was an experience better imagined.

“As you can see, this road is very bad, commercial buses have made it worse as they use it as alternative route.

“They do this to avoid the gridlock between Adura bus stop and Kola axis caused by ongoing road repairs.

“We really need the local government chairman to do something on the road as soon as possible. Drains need to be built and potholes filled to ensure free vehicular movement on the inner road,” the artisan said.

Mr Bayo Adewunmi, a resident of the area, told NAN that the road was a  mess due to stagnant mud water in the potholes.

Adewunmi said that the road had subjected many car owners to constant vehicle repairs.

According to him, most times, there is traffic on the road due to commercial bus operators that plied the road, while private car owners struggled to use the alternative road that led to their residents.

“The situation of this Fatunbi road is affecting us in many ways. We passed through the sticky black water everyday and we have to compulsorily wash cars for drivers and feet for pedestrians because of the mess,” he said.

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Mr Muritala Mufutau, a Commercial Bus Driver, told NAN that his choice to use Fatunbi road was to hasten movement as he usually had a deadline to meet.

Mufutau said, “We are even paying N50 to community boys each time we use Fatunbi road and the road is not even good because buses got stucked there often, resulting in our having to push them out.”

Another resident of Fatunbi St., who pleaded anonymity, said that his car developed problems because he exposed it to the messy waterlogged road daily.

“I had a bad experience on this road that affected my pocket and after I fixed my car, I decided to park somewhere else where I pay monthly.

“The situation is no longer funny. We really need the local government chairman to live up to expectations and fulfill the promises he made during his electioneering,” he pleaded.

Mrs Beatrice Bassey, a Trader along Fatunbi St. decried the neglect of the street by the local government, saying that it was affecting sales and general business.

“Even pedestrians are also suffering from the bad road. There is no place to put your feet.

“Sometime, commercial motorcyclists with passengers fall into the water with their goods.

“We are begging the local council to come to our rescue because the situation is really affecting our businesses,” she said.

Bassey urged the LCDA chairman to urgently come to their aid on Fatunbi road before the rainy season, saying that the situation needed prompt attention. (NAN)




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