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Be patient over bad roads, Sanwo-Olu appeals 


Vehicles wading through flood at Lawanson after a downpour in Lagos… yesterday. PHOTO: NAJEEM RAHEEM<br />

As the rains pounded yesterday causing a deluge on many parts of Lagos roads yesterday, the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has appealed to Lagosians for patience over the bad state of roads in the state saying the continuous rainfall since he was sworn-in about four months ago is slowing down rehabilitation/palliative work on the roads.

The governor made the appeal while answering questions on the traffic situation and bad roads in the state at ‘The Platform’ put together by The Covenant Place at Iganmu on Tuesday. The event, which was a question and answer programme coordinated by Pastor Poju Oyemade, has as its theme: ‘Redesigning the Nigerian Economy with new ideas’.

Sanwo-Olu promised that there would be extensive and massive rehabilitation of roads after the raining seasons, but that all the roads cannot be tackled at the same time. The governor said it has been raining since he was sworn-in and bitumen does not like rain and so work on the roads is being slowed down because of this.


He however assured that the government was still working day and night to remedy the state of the bad roads in the state.

This came just as the chairman of Yaba local council development area (LCDA), Kayode Adejare Omiyale, called on the state government to rescue the local government from perennial flooding at Adebisi Street by Jacob Mus Estate and Herbert Macaulay way near Yaba Technical College. He made the call yesterday during the working visit of the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke and the Special Adviser to the Governor of Drainage, Mr. Joe Igbokwe.

According to Omiyale, all efforts have been made to de-silt the locations within the council, “but so far, none of our efforts seemed to have yielded fruits.” He appealed to the state officials who visited to present the matter to the governor. “To solve the flood challenges in the two locations will require strong will backed by the state to remove all the obstructing structures.”

The Commissioner commended the efforts of the council so far in ensuring that the blocked drains are opened. She appealed to the residents to embrace the policy of the state on zero tolerance to the dumping of refuse inside the drainage channels.

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