Residents of Soliyi community in Kosofe Local Government Area, Lagos State have appealed to the state government for two new exit roads in the area.
In a letter to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode dated February 28, 2017, the community said the call became necessary because a 30,000-seater auditorium being built by the Deeper Life Bible Church in the community that boasts a population of more than half a million people was causing serious traffic congestion.
The said letter was signed by eight leaders of the community, including the Baale Soliyi 1, Chief T.A. Adegbenro; the Baale Soliyi 2, High Chief S.O. Olamiju; the Chairman Soliyi 1 Community Developemnt Association (CDA), Otunba T.O. Odunlami; the Chairman Soliyi 2 CDA, Mr. E.A. Adesanya; a patron of Soliyi 1 CDA, Elder Joe Agboighale; the Chairman Elders Council of Soliyi 2 CDA, Prince Akin Adedoyin; the General Secretary, Soliyi 1 CDA, Mr. M.A. Adefabi and the General Secretary Soliyi 2 CDA, Mrs Margaret F. Ajayi.
According to The Nation reports, the letter says the 30,000-seater auditorium also contains a parking lot meant to accommodate 700 luxury buses as well as 2,500 cars whereas only one road, namely Ayodele Okeowo Street, currently leads in and out of the community.
The consequence, according to the community leaders, is that “there is always traffic congestion within the community during morning and evening periods.
“Presently, it takes an average of 30 minutes to go out and 45 minutes to come into the community in the morning and evening periods.”
They fear that the situation would get worse by the time the church completes the auditorium located at the apex of Ayodele Okeowo Street.
“If we are going through this harrowing experience now that the church is under construction, what will be our fate when the church is opened for worship in April 2017?” they queried.
According to the letter, residents of the community are not convicnced that the flyover bridge being constructed by the church from Diya Street to link Ayodele Okeowo Street can solve the perennial traffic jam in the area.
The only solution, according to the community leaders, is the construction of a link road between Sab Ojewale Street, Soliyi and Mende Maryland, and a bridge to link Aderemi Akeju Street with Yetunde Brown Street at Ifako, Gbagada.
They recalled that following previous representations to the governor on the issue, a team of government officials visited the area last January for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation but nothing has been done since then.
“The team was led by a director in the ministry. They were taken round. They took pictures of the proposed outlets and the construction work at the church, but nothing was heard thereafter.
“Also, you recently directed the General Manager of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to look into this matter,” the community leaders recalled in their letter to the governor, adding that tension was rising among the youth in the area over the situation.
“Even adults and elders in the community are equally aggrieved. We are now witnessing increasing relocation of tenants from the community for fear of a predictable catastrophic traffic chaos in the Community,” the community leaders added.