ABANDONED ROAD PROJECT: Lagos residents battle council chairman
By Adeola Adenuga
The chairman of Egbe-Idimu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State,Mr Adebayo Wahid Bello, aka Sunshine, is in the eye of the storm after some of the residents of the area accused him of non-performance.
The residents, under the aegis of Olaifedun Community Development Association, Isheri Olofin/Idimu, specifically alleged that the LCDA chairman abandoned the construction of Ifelodun Street, off Oladun Street, which his administration started some four years ago.
“The construction (of the road) started early 2009 with a promise of completion within six months. But four years after, the road has merely been dug up with no sign of completion in sight”, the association said in a letter dated March 13, 2013 to the LCDA boss.
The residents would have taken it in their strides were it only the road construction abandonment that is the problem.
Now, they said the digging up of many parts of the road is a source of danger to them. “One of the dangers we encountered was reported to your office vide letter reference OCDA/08/006/12, dated 06/08/12 when somebody was to be electrocuted due to a high tension pole falling as a result of the digging of many parts of the road”, they wrote in the letter.
They lamented that because of culverts broken up during the course of the road construction, residents of Ifelodun and adjoining streets now park their vehicles by the road as against inside their compounds thus making the vehicles and accessories prone to theft.
The letter was acknowledged as received in the LCDA chairman’s office on March 20, 2013, but the residents association claimed they got no reply while Ifelodun road construction remained abandoned. The residents association wrote a reminder letter to the chairman on July 8, 2013 which they also claimed was not acted on, prompting them to send a ‘save our soul message’ to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, last week.
“We seek the intervention of Governor Fashola as we have come to our wit’s end on the abandonment of Ifelodun road construction in the last four years. The LCDA claims to have paid the contractor so that he can complete the road project but the contractor claims otherwise. We are suffering. Electric poles, which sides have been dug by the contractor, are falling while thieves are all over us as uncompleted culverts mean we no longer park our vehicles in our premises. We need the governor to intervene”, one of the residents said.
The chairman of Olaifedun CDA, Mr V. A. Abiodun, during the CDA familiarisation tour/inauguration on July 18, 2013, echoed the same sentiment, pleading for the deflooding of Sikiru Yusuf Street, Yomi Sotimehin Street, Chief Sunday Ashama Close, Jubril Street, Alhaji Adewale Street, while there should be culverts to connect Ifelodun Street with Sikiru Yusuf, Alhaji Adewale and Ologometa (through Powerline) streets.