Ikorodu residents lament deplorable state of road

A section of the road PHOTO: AFOLAKE ADEDAYO

A section of the road<br />PHOTO: AFOLAKE ADEDAYO

Residents of Aruna area of Ikorodu have decried the deplorable state of the ever-busy Suleiman Soderu road, the contract of which had been awarded four times by the former Lagos State government.

Contractors have always abandoned the road and record at the state’s ministry of works indicated that the contractor had since completed the work, but residents denied the claim. The contractors, the latest of which is Eko Akete Engineering Company have again abandoned the project after doing only 20 per cent of the work.

The government wanted to decongest central Ikorodu area by creating a by-pass through Amoke Soderu. The contract was first awarded by former governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu but it was abandoned.

The significance of Sulaimon Soderu bypass has been acknowledged by many motorists as well as travellers since it serves as short-cut to Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Itokin and other communities outside the shores of Lagos. Most travellers and motorists who want to avoid heavy traffic snarls at peak hours find Sulaimon Soderu road as a good alternative.

Residents in the area, Adekunle Felix Banjo and the Baale of the community, Alhaji Soderu, urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to quickly intervene and salvage the road.

According to Soderu, “The road constructed by Eko Akete engineering has been partially constructed and condemned. As we speak now, economic activity in this place is near total collapse. Motorists and travellers are not finding things easy at all.

“We entreat the governor to deliver us from bondage because right now we are going through unbearable situations.”

He added that the residents find it difficult to move in and out of the community with their vehicles.

Another resident, Sulaimon, said several petitions have been written to the former governor, Babatunde Fashola, concerning the road and nor has been acknowledged.

The Chairman of the community, Eng. Akin Ogedengbe J.P., said:
“For over three years the contractor has refused to explain to the head of the community the reasons for the delay and we have done everything possible to speak with the Engineer of the construction but all efforts proved abortive.”

He implored the governor to visit the area, the way he has done to other places like Oshodi, Shomolu among others to see the construction work and how it has worsen the state of the road.

Chief Ola Oluwa Ajayi, a landlord in the community, said the residents are restricted and unable to move freely in the community due to the state of the road.

He said that many tenants had moved out of his residence as a result of the bad drainage construction, which often makes floods to flow into his apartment.

According to the Principal of stars International College Ikorodu, Adekunle Felix Banjo, the parents have taken their children out of the school as a result of the bad road.

A businessman, Tosin Monday, said: “Our cars breakdown here every time and customers are unable to patronize us”.

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