Residents of Alaja Road and its adjoining streets seem tired of its political representation following what it terms a total neglect of their environment by their elected representatives.
At the inception of this year’s raining season, the community witnessed terrestrial flooding, due to its blocked drainages, which clearing is the constitutional responsibility of the third tier of government and reached out to the leadership of Ipaja/Ayobo LCDA, through the offices of the councilor, CDC Chairman and vice chairman of the LCDA.
Their request to get the council to evacuate the drainages met a brick wall, as the LCDA groaned on the lack of funds for projects at that time, noting that the Corona virus pandemic was top on the administration’s priority list, despite numerous unanswered questions on its (LCDA) role so far regarding the Covid 19.
The residents were disappointed with the response and had to tax themselves on raising about a hundred thousand naira (100,000) being an amount charged by casual labour (Mallams) for the evacuation of the drainages.
Weeks after the evacuation exercise, the community was left to live with the waste, despite carrying out the exercise in highly commendable manner of bagging the waste in deterring it from littering the environment.
The waste bags have been abandoned, suffice to say they’re the new design of Alaja road. All effort to get the Ministry of Environment of the LCDA and LAWMA to evacuate the waste have failed.
The concern of the residents is the neglect and lack of empathy, shown by their representative at the Lagos State House of Assembly during his visit at the just concluded Eid El Kabir holidays, despite his residency in the neighborhood and daily routine.
This action have heightened the worries of the people, and therefore appeal to the state government to assist in clearing these wastes to avoid posing health challenges to the community, especially at a time the entire world is clamoring for an improved hygiene in curbing the ravaging traits of the COVID-19 pandemic.