By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
Some residents of communities along Lagos-Badagry Expressway have protested to the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the members of the House of Assembly, demanding immediate removal of checkpoints and commencement of palliative works on the road.
The protesters who stormed the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, complained that the promises made by the state governor during the gubernatorial election campaign were yet to be fulfilled 60 days after assuming office.
They carried placards bearing different inscriptions like :Remember, ‘Badagry is still part of Lagos’, Badagry road deserve more attention’, ‘Good road is not a luxury for necessity’.
The protesters vowed to continue their protest until the government yield to their demands.
The joint protesters led by President, Society for Human Advancement and Creativity Organisation, Akande Mark, and Fix Lagos-Badagry Expressroad mass Movement, led by Sewanu Micheal, barricaded the entrance to that led to both the Governor’s Office and House of Assembly.
In a letter containing their demands presented to Sanwo-Olu, the protesters demanded that for them not to cause any mayhem on the road, the governor should immediately order removal of illegal checkpoints on the road.
According to them, these checkpoints have become an eyesore and a disgrace to the nation compared to other neighbouring countries.
The protesters also demanded that the governor should immediately commence palliative works on the road while major reconstruction continues, adding, “we request a strong commitment from the government on the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the road.
“That government should desist from engaging in double standard attention on issues relating to Badagry as against other parts of Lagos and remove all impediments obstructing the reconstruction of the road,” the protesters added.
Addressing them, Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by Mr. Hundeyin Kolawole, Political Director, Office of Civic Engagement, assured the protesters that their demands would be addressed.
Also, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt( Hon) Mudasiru Obasa, who was represented by Hon. Gbolahan Yishau (Eti-Osa 2), stressed that the House would deliberate on the issues raised by the protesters at plenary.
It would be recalled that at the plenary session on Tuesday, the House of Assembly delibrated on the state of roads in the State, setting up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the issues surrounding various environmental challenges facing the State.
It is however expected that the adhoc committee should extend their investigation nest to the road mentioned by the protesters.