Residents of Ijeododo, Ijegamo, Okerube, Fagbile and Abaranje in Igando/Ikotun Local Council Development Area, Lagos, have lamented that their communities were not habitable due to the absence of drainage channels. They have therefore appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to construct roads and drainages to reduce their hardship.
According to the residents, they were usually cut off by flood anytime it rained.
A resident of Ijegamo, Chief Abiodun Ajayi, said that fares go up by over 200 per cent when it rain.
Also reacting, another resident, Mrs Janet Mathias, said that most parents were afraid of the possibility of their wards drowning.
“Last year, a child drowned and the body was discovered the next day,” Mathias said.
Mr Vitalis Ukewuihe, a landlord in Ijeododo said that he once abandoned his house because of the state of the roads during heavy downpours.
“The place is very sandy and many cars breakdown in the flooded roads,” Ukewuihe said.
He said that the road condition in the communities had forced many people to use of commercial motorcycles, popularly called ‘Okada.’
“These Okada guys now charge so much from us because they know many of us will always engage their service,” he said.
A resident of Fagbile community, Miss Juliet Igwe, a school principal, said: “our roads here have never been tarred; some were only graded early last year.
“But during the rainy season, they are usually flooded, messy and also extremely dusty during the dry season,” Igwe said. [VN]