…Ambode promises action
Following a story in the March 2018 edition of Our Community Newspaper, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has promised to commence work on the remaining stretch of the popular Camp David Road, which connects Ayobo to Ijon.
The governor made the promise while commissioning the Ayobo-Ayetoro Bridge on Easter Monday, April 2.
Recall that Our Community Newspaper reported, in a story titled “32 CDAs Collaborate, Tackle Govt Abandoned Camp David Road Project in Ayobo-Ipaja”, that the state government had constructed only one kilometre of the 7.5-kilometre road.
But in a programme to endorse the governor for a second term on Friday, March 23, the Chairman, Ayobo-Ipaja LCDA, Hon Sakiru Yusuf identified the road as one of the major achievements of the governor in the area.
“The infrastructural development all around Lagos State improved during the tenure of His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode as Governor of Lagos State,” he said.
“In Ayobo Ipaja Local Council Development Area, (there is) completion of Ayobo-Ipaja Road, Camp David Road, and newly-constructed Ayetoro Link Bridge.
However, residents of the community who spoke with our correspondent lamented that the construction of only one kilometre of the road has further negatively affected the rest of the road instead of improving its condition.
According to them, waste water coming from the drainage of the completed portion of the road is channelled towards the uncompleted part, leaving it flooded and unmotorable.
This prompted the 32 communities affected by the road to embark on a palliative measure of drainage dredging and grading of the road earlier in the year.
Speaking with correspondent on telephone on Tuesday, April 10, nine days after the governor’s visit, the coordinator of the self-help project, Mr Mukadam Maruf Oladejo, maintained that no further action had been taken on the road by the state government.
However, he said that the state governor declared his commitment to complete the road construction while commissioning the nearby Ayobo-Ayetoro Bridge.
He said, “On Easter Monday, the governor was with us to commission that Ayetoro Bridge and he promised that he will do Camp David Road among other four roads that were mentioned at the commissioning that day.
“But as at now, they have not come over.
“We are still doing our little palliative measure pending (the) time (that government will come over) because we still believe that the way it is, there is no way we can ply the road; the road will be difficult for us to pass.”
On the reason for the self-help project, he noted, “We want to make it (the road) motorable so that when the government comes, we just leave it to them.