Stakeholders, including Residents, community leaders, landlords of Mafoluku in Local Government Area (LGA)), Lagos, have decried the poor state of roads in their neighbourhood, especially Mafoluku Road, which links the community Oshodi market.
With potholes and craters, especially at Ayoni Bus Stop, on the Mafoluku Road, commuting on the road has become a nemesis for motorists and commuters in the community.
When it rains, plying the route becomes a nightmare for commercial drivers, who complain of frequent breakdown of their vehicles.
Commercial motorcycle operators, popularly known as (Okada), and tricycle operators, sometimes fall into the drainages as a result of the bad road, while residents find it difficult to bring their vehicles home daily, especially whenever it rains.
A commercial bus driver in the area, Akinsegun Sunday, who has been plying Mafoluku-Oshodi route for 18 years, said the deplorable state of the road is constantly damaging his vehicle as he visits mechanic workshops every week for repairs.
He said: “The pothole is affecting us. If you buy a new bus today, it will not last up to five years before it will be damaged because of the deplorable road.
He called on the government to come to the aid of commuters. “In the past 18 years, government officials only came to patch it and the last time they came was in 2019. The road needs to be reconstructed. It will go a long way in improving the life of people in the area, “He said.”
Another commercial tricycle operator, Mr. Olajide Ige, lamented that the local government officials always pass through the road daily but have failed to repair it.
A resident in the area, Olajide Muhyideem, said that a few weeks ago, some government officials came to put sand and broken concretes on the potholes, which was eventually washed away by a downpour, adding that all the streets in the area were in a deplorable state.
He revealed how this has affected their means of livelihood as tenants have ceased to rent shops on the street due to the bad potholes, and some residents are even moving out of the area.
Muhyideen explained that the community has written letters to the government for the repair of the road but there has been no positive response.