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Ikotun/Igando: In need of more roads, infrastructure



Ikotun/Igando: In need of  more roads, infrastructure


As part of the larger development plan of the Ambode-led government to keep the mega-city status-quo, is his core focus to construct and rehabilitate roads across the state. Among the local governments that are beneficiary of this rehabilitation is Alimosho local government that has since witnessed a change in the state. Despite this development process, it seems some of the roads that need to be reconstructed and repaired has been forgotten.


New Telegraph gathered that in the Alimosho local government axis especially the Ikotun/Igando LCDA, major roads still begs for attention from the government as residents and users of these roads clamoured.


A recognised example of such roads is the Egan road of Igando. Feeling like the neglected, Kazeem Akinde, a motorcyclist on the Agric road of Egan-Igando attested to the fact that seeing constructions going on, on other roads of the state, believe that they are indeed forgotten. According to him, their road has been in a bad state for almost 10 years and its worsening day by day. The road gets worse during rainy season and that makes it not to be motorable and even dangerous for motorcycles and tricycles. He added that there will be a time when they will have to seek alternatives routes as the road will become worse than its initial stage. It was on a sad case when a motorcyclist, Abass Babatunde recounted how he tripped off his motorcycle when trying to maneuver on a street of the Agric Road. He complained how bad the road has become for them to ply and call for urgent response from the government in order to avoid worse accident cases on the road.


According to Yemi Adeleke a resident of Ademoye Street in Ikotun axis of the state asserted that the potholes on this road is becoming noticeable and dangerous during this season. He further stated that most times the drivers and motorists using this Ademoye Street road have to drive carefully on the road to avoid their vehicles sinking or getting stocked in the mud created in the potholes. This has been the state of this road for a year now. “The lasting result can only be a proper tarred road because every time they fill the road with sand, it creates more disaster when the rain begins,” he concluded.


Adewale Orioye a business man in Ikotun market acknowledged the effort of the state government towards rehabilitating some roads in the state. He believed that development takes stages and at due time, areas where their roads still need attention will be visited. He however pointed out that the road leading to his house also becomes very bad whenever it rains but notwithstanding they have to go about their daily activities not minding the state of any road. The slippery state of the roads inside Ikotun market was also brought out to the notice of the government. Adewale pointed out how slippery these roads can be during the rainy season both for pedestrians and motorists. He added that the way the market looks during the rainy season because the state of the roads sometimes make commercial activities not impressing. “Sometimes while driving, you will feel the mud hooking your tyres from you or when you walk you might sink if care is not taken,” he said.


Another road which calls for urgent attention is the Ijegun road. The extent of the ditch on the road yearly becomes pronounced whenever the rainy season begins. At several times, the residents and landlords of the area have beckoned on the government to ….. into urgent action in getting the road fixed. The residents complained of the ditches that get filled with water and mud when the rain becomes intense, not just getting filled with mud and water but the road during rainy season ends up becoming a barrier for outsiders to come in and insiders to go out of Ijegun. Mary Olanike who resides in Ijegun agreed that they have to keep living with state of the road until due intervention will come from the appropriate quarters. According to her, the government cannot create an impression of not being aware with the state of the road as petitions and clamour has been presented lot of times.

With the reconstruction process ongoing on some routes in the state, the people of Ijegun axis could only appeal to the government again to make an inclusion of the road on this plan.

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