Residents of Oju Odo, in the Ikotun area of Lagos state, have lamented the poor condition of the road linking Ikotun to other parts of the state.
PUNCH Subway deduced that the road began to crumble after incessant rains in June 2022.
Our correspondent, who visited the area on Tuesday, noted that much of the road had collapsed into a canal.
Tires were used to block portions of the road to prevent travelers from riding on it and falling into the canal.
The road is a stone’s throw from the Alimosho Local Government Area Secretariat.
The neighbors, who spoke with our correspondent, lamented the state of the road.
An official from the Lagos State Park Administration, Ikotun, Momodu Aliyu, stated that the situation was becoming worrying as many had narrowly escaped death.
He said: “The government should fix this road. It is already causing many threats to travelers. Last week a trike fell into the canal; thank god no one died. The road has been like this for the last six months.”
A commercial driver, Ahmed Muyideen, said PUNCH Subway that the road had been difficult for motorists, adding that the relevant authorities had refused to intervene.
He said: “That place is dangerous. It is a two-lane road that is not wide enough to occupy more than one vehicle at the same time, but some drivers are always careless. Drivers unaccustomed to the area when driving at night may not know that area is open and may be immersed in that channel. Therefore, people’s lives are at risk. High-speed vehicles can even push people into the canal.”
A local trader, Adejumoke Abake, asked the state government to repair the road.
“We plead with you because of our lives; we cannot do without walking this path or doing business here,” she added.
Alimosho local government area chairman Sulaimon Jelili promised to react later.
It had not yet done so at the time of filing this report.
Lagos State Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotosho did not return their calls or respond to a text message by press time.