Hundreds of protesters from Ita Sanni, Gbaga, Ogijo, Odogunyan, Agbede, 1st Gate, Okegbegun and Ikorodu in Lagos and Ogun states, yesterday, trooped to the streets protesting the deplorable condition of Ikorodu/Sagamu road which they claimed has recorded many untimely deaths.
The protesters have therefore given Lagos, Ogun and Federal Governments an ultimatum of January 2018 to fix the road or incur the wrath of residents.
The Trunk A Road constructed in 1928 is the major road linking Ikorodu, Lagos State to places like Simawa, Sagamu in Ogun State as well as Lagos/Ibadan Expressway but the protesters claimed its deplorable condition has made many car owners to abandon their cars.
The peaceful protest was led by some concerned residents like Alaba Peters, Alhaja Owolewa Abolore popularlly called “Alhaja Chicago” and representatives of Road Transport and Employees Association R.T.E.A.N as they assembled at Odogunyan and trekked to Ogijo up to Sawmill, LASPOTECH and First Gate carrying placards.
In his address, Alaba Peters said over 100 tax paying companies were making use of the road and called on government to use the proceeds on road maintenance. He said, “Fares from Ikorodu Roundabout to Odogunyan, First Gate and Ogijo have been jerked up from N100 and N150 to N300 and N400”. He then called on Lagos, Ogun and Federal Governments to come to the plight of residents,”
Also, Alhaja Abolore said over 50 lives were lost to various auto crashes occasioned by the deplorable condition of the road. She said, “Three years ago, the Caretaker Committee in Ogijo and Ikorodu Divisions wrote former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola to fix Ikorodu to Odogunyan axis of the road but there was no response and the road kept deteriorating till date which has affected commercial activities in the area,”