By Idris Aina
The Lagos State Government has in the last few years intensified plans geared towards achieving its proposed Mega City. It is however shocking to know that some parts of the State are still filled with filth and lack the basic structures and amenities aimed at achieving the proposed Mega City.
A visit to the Ilaje Community, Bariga, located few meters away from the Third Mainland Bridge, will bring tears to the eyes of visitors. The area which has practically turned into a slum and an eyesore lacks even the simplest of structures and basic amenities.
Insidemainland paid a visit to Oresegun and Arobadade Street located in Ilaje, both street houses a canal which is a gory sight to behold considering the number of houses and people living there. Some of the houses have sunk into the ground owing to prevalence of flood in the area due to lack of proper drainage. Occupants of some houses had abandoned their homes to seek for shelter elsewhere due to the predicted flooding in Lagos this year.
What is even more worrisome is the looming epidemic which is like a time bomb waiting to explode. The canal which more or less breeds’ mosquitoes is an impending disaster.
Also evident while entering the Ilaje Community via Odunsi Street are deplorable roads filled with potholes. Partly completed streets linking Ilaje community are the Ilaje Road and Olatunji Street, while roads such as Oresegun Street, Oloruntoyin Street, Ayoola Lawal, Arobadade Street and Ayoola Lawal are left unattended to.
The residents of Arobadade/Odo Eran in the Ilaje community of Bariga Lagos have however called on the Bariga LCDA and the Akinwunmi Ambode led Lagos State Government to come to their aid following years of neglect of the area by the government.
Speaking with a representative of the Arobadade/Odo Eran Residents Association, he expressed his displeasure saying the “community is the home of abandoned government developmental projects”. “It is disheartening that at this age the area lacks good roads and necessary amenities for survival. The canal is so bad that once it rains, residents will have to commence cleaning efforts to prevent flooding. We have written letters in the past but what we got from the government during the last administration was awarded contracts but partly completed projects.”
He added that the neglect has caused the youth into venturing into illicit acts which smears the image of the community but proper policing have however restored sanity to the area.
Efforts to reach the Sole Administrator of the Bariga LCDA for comments as at press time proved futile. You can however count on InsideMainland for detailed reports on happenings in the area.