This is not the best of times for residents and motorists plying some of the major roads in Festac community as some of the roads are now in a very terrible state filled with potholes.
In a damning data shared by a resident of the community, Chris Nwasike via his Twitter handle, a shocking 744 potholes were discovered on nine major roads in the community.
According to him, the potholes were counted by himself alongside some other residents of the community indicated who are deeply worried about the state of the roads.
Releasing the lists, he tweeted that; “There are 744 potholes on 9 major roads in Festac. Yes, we counted. Meaning that you can’t drive 200m in Festac without slowing to near stop, hold your breath and navigate through potholes that are better described as wells.”
He added that; “When we say potholes, we don’t mean scrapes and scratches. We are talking about ditches and wells that you CANNOT dodge. Yet the current local government chairman lives and works in Festac.”
Giving a further breakdown of the pothole-ridden major roads, he listed them as 1st Avenue (2.4km) – 120 holes; 2nd Avenue (3.2km) – 152 holes; 21 road (1.9km) – 43 holes; 3rd Avenue (1.7km) – 29 holes and 4th Avenue (2.1km) – 49 holes.
Others are 5th Avenue (1.7km) – 97 holes; 23 road (1.8km) – 155 holes; 24 road (1.2km) – 61 holes; and 7th Avenue (1.2km) – 38 holes.
Furthermore, Chris expressed his dissatisfaction and that of other residents stating that during the electioneering campaign for the last council polls in Lagos, the current Chairman of the LG promised to fix the roads.
He narrated that; “the current Chairman of the Amuwo Odofin LGA, Mr. Vincent Buraimoh, during his campaign promised that the roads will be given proper attention. Maybe he has forgotten, so here we are to remind him because we are reminded every day.
“Every day when we dive into those holes and waste hours in traffic driving through ditches, we remember. We remember how politicians lie and don’t expect anyone to call them out. @valbriomoh lied when he promised “to rebuild infrastructure” in his manifesto. Abi road no follow?
“If he has forgotten, then that is the height of irresponsibility. Maybe it is too expensive to fix and the LG doesn’t have enough money. But these holes can be patched with hardcore which is relatively cheap.
“Maybe he is enjoying the new name Festac is acquiring: Pothole Estate. Well, in that case Mr. Vincent Buraimoh @valburaimoh14 is the King of Potholes.”
He, however, urged the government to take urgent action saying; “We are asking Mr. @valburaimoh14 to do what he promised. Because the once beautiful Festac that hosted the black arts festival in 1977 has become an eyesore and a shadow of its former self.”