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Ajao residents seek government intervention on bad roads


Ongoing rehabilitation work on Chivita Avenue, Ajao Estate

Residents of Ajao estate in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area have again appealed to the state government to urgently repair gapping potholes and bad condition of roads in the community.
According to The Guardian investigations major link roads in the estate such as, Olutosin Ajasin, Atobajeun Street, Niyi Ogunbameru, Nwogbodo Eze Street, New world street, Flobora close, Lateef Salami, Benson Anorue,Adewale Street, Gobham, Stella Osonaikai, Akinola Solakai, Captain Lambert, and Leo Ikeagwu Street, and others, are riddled with potholes.

This has created a fertile ground for accidents and regular breakdown of vehicles.

Ajao Estate is close to the Lagos airport and boasts of business concerns including, pharmaceutical companies, food and beverages industries, super markets, hotels and relaxation spots, nightclubs, restaurants and other small-scale businesses. Despite these investments, bad road network in the area has made living in the community, a nightmare.

Speaking recently with The Guardian via telephone, the Director, Public Affairs of Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Shina Thorpe observed that government has rehabilitated some roads in the area.

He urged them to identify the specific roads that require attention and get back to authorities.

He said, “We have done some roads in Ajao Estate and we have to do roads in other areas too. Residents can’t say all government resources should be channeled to their area alone. The residents’ association should endeavour to write a letter of appeal to the ministry for consideration of their demand in the next plan.”

But reacting to the development, the CDA Chairman, Chief Leo lkeagwu denied that about five road had been successfully worked upon in the area alleging that some parts were abandoned by the contractor.

He said, “The Niyi Ogunbameru street, they didn’t finish it. If you come there, you would see that the construction was a mess because it opened up several trouble points. The only ones they did well was the Shonibare and Baale Skokooni road, but for Niyi Ogunbameru, the contractor abandoned the road and government didn’t care to even check”.

Presently, some work is ongoing along Chivita Avenue, but it is not clear what the scope and quality will be.

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