A portion of the road connecting the Ikotun roundabout to Ejigbo and nearby communities in Lagos State has recently suffered a collapse.
This unfortunate incident occurred after heavy rainfall on Saturday, September 16th.
According to reports, the collapse happened right next to a canal, causing considerable concern among drivers who regularly use this route. The fear of a potential accident due to the complete deterioration of this road section has gripped many.
Upon a visit by our reporter to the affected community on Tuesday, it became evident that the road’s condition had significantly deteriorated, making it nearly impassable.
Motorists using this route were observed to be forming a single-file line, navigating through the limited space that remained after the damage occurred.
A resident, who identified himself simply as Ayoola, said, “The road was in a better shape before the erosion from the canal started to damage it. The damage has been going on for years.
“Besides, the roads lacked proper maintenance since they were built on the canal. It also would not have got to this level if the maintenance was carried out. So, the more we entered the rainy season, the more it got damaged and that was what led to the collapse.”
Another resident, Idowu Sanusi, alleged that the road had been left unattended despite a series of complaints made to the government both at the local and state levels.
It was gathered that the collapsed road had been causing gridlock in the community, especially during the morning rush.
When contacted, the Director of Media and Publicity Lagos Ministry of Works, Shina Odunuga, denied knowledge of the situation.
He said, “I don’t know about it and I cannot respond to you on the phone.”