Failure of politicians in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, to fulfil the promise of fixing the link road between the state and Lagos in the Denro-Ishashi axis in Ifo Local Government has left residents to face daily untold hardship during the rainy season.
It is not a hidden fact that residents of the Denro-Ishashi axis, the communities bordering Ojodu Berger end of Lagos State, have been finding it difficult to commute, as motorists and people trekking have been facing anguish caused by the bad state of the road especially during the raining season.
Anytime rain falls, getting across to Ojodu Berger, onwards other parts of Lagos metropolis is usually a herculean task for the residents as this is usually done through a makeshift, wooden bridge at a cost of N50 per trip in the last decade.
Currently, the only alternative mode of crossing to Berger is a four-minute trip on rickety boats, with the attendant discomfort and danger, at an outrageous cost of N100 per passenger.
Early on Wednesday, several truckloads of gravel and stones were seeing being poured into the section of the failed, flooded bridge to create a temporary motorable passage and in the midst of this, many people have to walk through the muddy and dirty water to navigate to the other side.
The government’s intervention on the road to building drainage on one side of Denro road leading to Akute has been rather so slow in the past three months. Residents expressed concerns that the bridge deserves immediate attention, considering the seasonal challenge of rains.
Two months ago, there was a semblance of repairs on this road with some portions graded and layered with gravel, the effect of the rains has made things worse as the road is still largely bumpy, the harsh path for the users.
Unfortunate, at every election, politicians have always come around to beg for votes with the promise of fixing the Denro-Akute road as one of their campaign promises to the people, but when they assume power, the people are left to their fate without coming around to fulfil the promise of fixing the road and the bridge.
One of the road users said that rather than seeing any worthwhile improvement and fulfilment of the promise made by the politicians, it has been the same old story, with the bridge section even worse and constitute a thorn in the lives of the residents in the communities.