Ajao Es­tate Res­dents Urge HITECH To Speed-up Work

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - CITY FILE - By Paul Adun­woke

RES­I­DENTS of Ajao Es­tate in Isolo Lo­cal Coun­cil De­vel­op­ment Area (LCDA), and mo­torists who use the Mur­tala Mo­hammed In­ter­na­tional Air­port road are lament­ing the clo­sure of the ma­jor ac­cess road into the es­tate, thus caus­ing un­prece­dented grid­lock on that axis. Res­i­dents and mo­torists are fa­mil­iar with on­go­ing con­struc­tion work, which has brought ex­plain­able traf­fic snarl, but since Wed­nes­day, the clo­sure of Ajao en­trance with­out work­ing out other pos­si­bil­i­ties have brought heavy pres­sure on Osolo road, as the only in­let and out­let for ve­hi­cles com­ing in or go­ing out of the es­tate, which also serves those go­ing to­wards, Egbeda, Idimu, Ish­eri, Igando and other com­mu­ni­ties in Ejigbo and Alimosho.

This sit­u­a­tion is tak­ing a toll on man-hour and busi­nesses along that axis.

Ac­cord­ing to Cal­is­tus Nwankwo, a res­i­dent, he has de­cided to aban­don his car dur­ing week­days to lengthen his life­span. A com­mu­nity leader, Elder Fran­cis Makinde said the sit­u­a­tion is com­pounded by poor light­ings of the en­tire stretch at night and the pres­ence of urchins who take over traf­fic con­trol to make quick money from hap­less mo­torists.

“In­ter­est­ingly, Ajao Gate Road serves as the ma­jor route to and out of the es­tate. With the sit­u­a­tion, ev­ery body is forced to pass Osolo Way, which is rowdy, he said.”

They are also wor­ried about the se­cu­rity and safety haz­ards in the event of emer­gen­cies like med­i­cal, fire out- break or rob­bery. As things are now, it is im­pos­si­ble for a fire truck to en­ter the es­tate, al­most im­pos­si­ble for an am­bu­lance to nav­i­gate the chaotic traf­fic.

They urge timely com­ple­tion of the project and proper il­lu­mi­na­tion and signs to di­rect road users.

The HITECH Con­struc­tion Com­pany site En­gi­neer who gave his name as Acho Acho said the en­trance to Ajao will open to­mor­row for pub­lic use.

Acho said: “Peo­ple should bear with us for the in­con­ve­niences the road con­struc­tion might have caused. We are not happy that the road is closed tem­po­rar­ily, but it is just for us to com­plete the on­go­ing con­struc­tion work. I want to as­sure the res­i­dents that by Mon­day the road would be opened.”


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