As a result of the bad state of some access roads in Agege community and the negligence on the part of the state and local governments to fix the roads, an aggrieved resident, Olayinka Oyegbile, has written an open letter where he condemned the lack of action on the roads.
According to the resident, the roads have become an eyesore as they are filled adding that potholes and motorists have a tough time plying the roads.
“I want to ask and be told if there is anyone presiding over the Agege local government who parades himself as the chairman,” the resident posted.
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We are all quick to pointing out failures of states and federal governments, we conveniently forget the local governments, when in fact they are supposed to be the closest to us all.
The fact that most roads in Lagos have fallen on bad times is no news. However, what is the role of the local governments in all this mess? For instance, I want to ask and be told if there is anyone presiding over the Agege local government who parades himself as the chairman.
A few weeks ago I complained about the eyesore that the U-turn point on Iju Road after the Pen Cinema area has become. Since then no action has been taken to cover up the potholes which are turning into crater ditches. Now, let’s get to Ijaiye Road, which leads to the headquarters of the Agege local government. This road has become something else and should not be called a road unless if our own definition of what a road is not what the other parts of the world calls it.
Where does the Chairman live? How does he drive to his office without being face shamed by the deplorable road that leads to his office? Even if he lives in Ajah, Victoria Island or any of those high brow areas they all prefer to live in once elected, doesn’t he feel ashamed when he drives to his office with all those potholes?
Apart from his office as Chairman, this road also leads to the Agege Stadium and other important places, so how does this not embarrass him as Chairman?
Or does he have to wait for the state government to come and fix this road too? This is perhaps one of the reasons why many call for the abolition of the local government system.