Youths under the auspices of the Igbogbo Youth Coalition have complained over the hardship induced by abandoned road projects and infrastructures in the Igbogbo-Bayeku Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
The President of the group, Kazeem Ogunmuyiwa, while complaining over the poor state of infrastructure in the local government area, said houses were demolished to pave the way for the construction of roads that had been abandoned.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Ogunmuyiwa, sought the intervention of the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to ameliorate the sufferings of residents in the local government area.
He said, “Dear Governor Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State. We expended our intellect and effort to rigorously convince, admonish, and promise on your behalf. We won souls for you, especially after the unimaginable outcome of the presidential election in Lagos State.
“Our people marched out massively and gave you bulk votes – this kingdom delivered massively more than any LCDA in Ikorodu Division. It is not too much for a society, more so a supportive one, to enjoy the meaningful governance it deserves as dividends of democracy and for its active progressive disposition.
“Alas, the disdainful treatment of the Igbogbo Kingdom by your government is worrying. To start with, the Adegboruwa Road, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Way, Igbe Road, Igbogbo, is still under construction. The construction started with a stakeholders meeting in November 2017, followed by demolition in December 2017, with a series of monuments sacrificed to pave the way for what we expect to be a monumental development.”
Ogunmuyiwa said most affected families were yet to get the promised compensation to date, adding that the road construction had caused more damages beyond peoples’ imagination in the locality.
He said, “We have reached our tolerance limit! The daily trauma on pupils and students of the Ansar-Deen Primary School, United Africa Methodist Primary School (Eleja), Oreyo Grammar School, Zumratul Islamiyah Grammar School, Reri Grammar School, Oreta, and Community Grammar School, all in Igbogbo and Bayeku, cannot be outstretched since 2017.
“We witness school children falling and having their school materials destroyed as a result of the government’s attitude to the road project. The Igbogbo Sports Stadium construction was flagged off in 2022, construction started but received a technical setback. This has been denying many youths the opportunity to build on their chosen careers. If truly the government is concerned with building the youth, why should such a project not be completed with alacrity?
“Health, they say, is wealth, we appeal to Mr Governor to complete the rehabilitation of the Igbogbo Primary Healthcare Centre, Agbele, serving 10 communities but is now abandoned. We acknowledge the construction of the Obafemi Awolowo Way but we are pained that the project is dead slow.”
Ogunmuyiwa said the association would not relent in the demand for social justice, equity, fair governance, and improved public amenities in all parts of the Igbogbo-Baiyeku LCDA.
Reacting, the Chairman of the Igbogbo-Bayeku LCDA, Sesan Daini, said the concerns of the youth were genuine, adding that the contractors handling the projects had restated their commitment to continue work soon.
Daini said, “Out of some of the issues raised, the major one is the Adegboruwa Road, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Way, and Igbe Road. The Managing Director of the construction company, Hitech, came to the palace on Saturday and it was coincidental with the press conference held by the youths.
“The contractors have told us about the government’s position and are concluding preparations on moving to the site to continue the job. The Obafemi Awolowo Way is not abandoned. The pace is encouraging. They should let it go at that pace.
“On the issue of the stadium, it’s very slow. I’m aware there was a meeting on Friday, where it has been promised that the stadium might be finalised before September or October. The government is not relenting in making sure that all abandoned or uncompleted projects are attended to.”