For every resident of Isolo, Ajao Estate and Aswani Mechanic Village, the lack of a bridge to connect the communities and deplorable roads in the area has been a sad experience they have lived with for years.
However, a resident of the community who owns a wooden canoe in the axis has a reason to continue to smile as a result of the fortune he makes from the brisk business he does in the axis.
According to reports, the controller of the canoe transport business identified simply as Adeniyi, is a son-in-law of the Isolo monarch and has been in the business for a while. He employed the services of a sole paddler who ensures that his returns are delivered to him on a daily basis.
Echonews reports that every passenger going from Isolo Secretariat to Ajao estate through Aswani Mechanic Village will have to cross long canal not with their legs but with a wooden canoe.
As a passenger, one has to pay N50 (Fifty Naira) to use the wooden canoe to cross the canal to the other side. As a result of the number of residents that throng the axis, the canoe paddler was quoted as saying he makes about N10,000 (Ten Thousand Naira) per day, cumulating to N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) in a month through this venture.
Speaking to Echonews, the sole paddler of canoe who craved anonymity said the canoe transport has grown into a business that has fetched the controller a fortune.
He noted that an attempt to construct a bridge over the canal for people to cross freely was rejected by the owner of the business and partially by Landlords of Ajao Estate, who argued that armed robbers would invade the community if there is bridge over the canal.
He added that he didn’t want a bridge to be built over the canal as such attempt would affect his employer and render him jobless.