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Taking their destiny in their hands; Soluyi-Gbagada residents contribute to fix their dilapidated roads

While the rainy season in other climes brings forth a period of relief and cheers to residnets due to its positive effect on their lives, same is not the case of residents of Peace Estate in the Soluyi-Gbagada axis of Lagos.

This is because once it rains, the roads leading to the estate, the ones in the community as well as other adjoining ones turns into a nightmare for residents who use the roads to eke out a living.

Connecting roads to the Peace Estate estate such as Powerline, Anipole, and more are in terrible shape and becomes an eyesore during rainfall. Similarly, roads inside the estate such as Ola Adebiyi, Liverpool Avenue, Deji Olamiju, and Jacob Nwajota, are partly dilapidated as a result of lack of proper drainages with some partly eroded.

To forestall any difficulty during the looming raining season, executives of the estate however took a decision to ensure their roads are in proper shape ahead of the season. As a result, the Peace Estate CDA executives urged residents of the estate to contribute the sum of Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000) to enable them find a lasting solution to their dilapidated roads.

To ensure residents have adequate knowledge about the funds, the Estate CDA group printed banners placed at strategic positions leading to the estate.

It is however shocking that at a time when other societies are making technological discoveries, Mainlanders still worry about lack of access to required basic amenities.

Speaking to our correspondent, a resident of the estate who identified himself simply as Ifeanyi said “I am worried that we have to use our own money to fix our roads. The last time I checked, the government would demand for us to pay our taxes yet we find it hard to benefit anything good from the government. The truth is, we have no option, if we continue to wait for the government, nothing would happen.”

Another resident, Mrs. Akinyemi stated that “we have always fixed our roads ourselves. Most times, we get broken stones and rumbles to fill the different pot holes on these roads. We do this is because that is the only way we can use the roads.”

However, a visibly enraged resident who preferred anonymity said that “I am not ready to pay a dime. I agree that the roads are bad. It just doesn’t make sense that in a city like Lagos, we will have to do things this way. What do we have a government for?”

When InsideMainland contacted the representatives of the CDA group, a member of the 3-man committee, Mrs. Nike told our that the best person to address the issue one Mr. Williams, who is also a member of the committee. Calls and messages sent to his line were not replied. This was also after several visits to the Estate to meet him proved futile.

Meanwhile, another member of the committee, Mr. Samson, told our correspondent when contacted that he would reach out for appropriate comments in no time.

Government Reaction

Speaking to InsideMainland, the Sole Administrator of Kosofe Local Government, Princess Adejumoke Animawun disclosed that she was unaware of the moves by the Estate CDA to fix their roads and promised to take prompt action.

“I am not aware of this issue and I am only hearing it for the first time. I will discuss with the Local Government engineers for them to visit the place and give adequate report,” she said.

Hon. Animawun concluded that she would organize a meeting with the executives of Peace Estate CDA to have adequate information on the issue. “I will call for a meeting with the CDA a group for them to share their needs with us. We are the intermediary between the community and the State government. If the road is what we can fix at the LG level, we will attend to it immediately. But if not, we will forward the information to the state level for attention,” she stated.

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