Residents of Isawo community in Ikorodu on Sunday appealed to the Lagos State Government to complete the “abandoned” Agric-Isawo-Arepo road project in the area.
The Chairman, Isawo Community Development Association, Alhaji Adisa Owolabi said that the abandoned road project had led to loss of properties, extended travel time and high transport fare for residents.
According to the chairman, many communities are often cut off for several days whenever it rains due to the bad state of the road.
He stated, “From our observation, the Agric-Isawo-Arepo road phase I, with a completion period of 20 months and which began on July 17, 2016, is not up to 10 per cent completed as of September 2018.
“The Airport-Oshodi Road is more than 50 per cent completed; the Agege Pen Cinema flyover bridge is also above 50 per cent completed and the Abule Egba and Ajah flyovers were finished in record time of less than 12 months.
“All these gave us an impression that our road has probably been abandoned.”
Also speaking, the Secretary, Isawo-Agric CDA, Mr Abiodun Sunday, said the contractor was no more on the site and the workers were laid off because of lack of funds.
Sunday urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to urgently intervene to ensure the completion of the road, which is expected to link the area with the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
He stated that commuters and motorists plying the road were having hard times as asphalt had been removed from the road without provision for an alternative road.
“Over 75 communities of Isawo, Oke Oko and Igbo Olomu are cut off from other parts of the state. The floods have also caused loss of property, extended travel time, high transportation fares and paralysed economic activities since communities are often cut off for two to three days anytime it rains,” Sunday said.
He commended the state government for embarking on the road rehabilitation and payment of compensation to landlords, whose property were demolished for the project.
Another resident, Mr Olumide Ajayi, appealed to the state government to resume work on the Agric-Isawo-Arepo road in view of the hardship being experienced by commuters and residents.
“We are begging our amiable governor to come to our aid,” Ajayi said.
Credit: Punch Newspaper