- Some residents of Lagos state have lamented the lack of access to potable water and social amenities
- The residents said they pass through hell whenever it rains in their areas
- It was gathered that the dead were not spared as a cemetary in the area always becomes flooded whenever it rains
- The state government has been called upon by the residents to come to their aide by bringing development to the community
The residents of Ajeromi and Ifelodun local council development area of Lagos state said that lack of access to potable water, unhealthy flooding and dilapidated roads are making life miserable and the community uninhabitable for them.
Legit.ng regional reporter, Subair Mohammed, reports that some of the residents who grieve over bad roads in Otua, Anthony Agboje, Alayabiagba, Okorogbo and Okunola streets of the area, said the dead were not spared in the agony residents confront on daily basis, adding that a popular cemetery (Baba Muliko) in the area always becomes flooded whenever it rains.
A resident of Otua street, AbdulSallam Ayinla, said due to the bad roads in the street and other adjoining streets, he has lost huge sum of money to the mechanics who take turn to repair his marketing van.
He said: “Roads in Ifelodun street are bad but the roads in Otua and some link roads in the community are worst. They are terribly bad that they have big holes and rough surfaces.
"There is hardly no week I don’t visit the mechanic workshop for repairs, no thanks to the bad roads. Aside this, there are no access to tap water in the whole of the LCDA.
"We rely on borehole to bathe, drink and do other domestic chores. The hardship is becoming unbearable and our environment degrading especially with the intense heat wave in Lagos that you cannot but drink more water to survive daily.
"But in the case of lack of potable water, how do we survive? I am appealing to the state government to bring forth development to our community."
He further stated that poor drainage system contributes to degrading of their environment, adding that when it rains the drainage channel that was constructed almost five years ago overflows to the road and school children are exposed to the damage of getting drown or contacting diseases.
Another resident, Immanuella Ajayi, is more concerned about the safety of her family and her business.
Ajayi who operates a grocery store on Olayinka street, complained about incessant inter-street fight which throws the entire community in panic.
She said: "No one knows what causes the fight. But whenever it breaks out, it is bloody and leaves many people injured and property destroyed. I could recall the last incidence which happened last month where they robbed a building and also rap.ed an old woman and a young lady and fled the community afterward.
"It was that terrible that they not only fight with no reasonable excuse, they rob and assault innocent females too. Although the police are seen combing the entire community for the culprits but I want to say this is not enough.
"They should maintain 24hours surveillance in the LCDA to put a stop to frequent public harassment and fighting by these miscreants. Our lives are important to us because it has no duplicate."
According to Mayowa Famuyiwa, the hardship felt in Ajeromi and Ifelodun LCDAs were not limited to residents as he said the deceased too have a share of it.
Famuyiwa explained: "As a result of the poor drainage system and bad roads, the public cemetery that serves as resting place for Muslims, Christians and other religion are covered with stinky water coming from the damaged drainage system.
"Once the street becomes flooded the corpses that are buried in Baba Muliko cemetery become casualties. They are bathe in the stench water too. You can see that we are not alone in this suffering.
"I am therefore calling on the chairman of the LCDA to start work on the affected roads. Even if it is only to grade it and construct the drainage system that was damaged.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some residents of Ikotun, Abaranje, IsheriOshun, Watersand, Ayanwale, Isiji-Ola and Potokun in Igando-Ikotun local council development area of Lagos state expressed sadness over the recent flooding which, according to them put their lives in danger.
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