The deplorable condition of roads leading to Itele, a community under the Ado-odo Local Government Area of Ogun State, has become a nightmare to many residents.
The development has forced many landlords, landladies and other inhabitants to abandon their homes for rented appartments in neighbouring communities of Ipaja, Ayobo and Bardeck, all in Lagos State.
Residents of Itele, Fence, Agbalumo, Agric and Wempco Estates, among others, who work or trade in Lagos State, lamented that on the average, they spend several stressful hours to commute in and out of the community daily.
Mr. Kunle Demurin, a resident of Agbalumo, said access roads into the communities from Sango and Ayobo, forced him to relocate to a rented apartment in Amule.
He said, “It is painful and sad that driving in and out of Itele has become a nightmare due to neglect of the Mopol junction and other areas by successive governments in the state.
“Tell me, what is our offence for living in Ogun and working in Lagos State?
“I was forced to relocate my family because we resume at work place late in and return home mid night.
“Imagine setting out at 5. am and arriving Oshodi at 9.30 am. The journey back is crazy because we may not arrive home until 11.pm late in the night.”
Another resident, Mr. Thanni Ibilola, said his vehicle got damaged due to the slippery condition of the road that made his car skid off the road into the tyres of an articulated vehicle transporting cement.
He cried, “Each day, I become stressed up and my blood pressure has shot up dangerously. To douse the situation, I had to abandon my rented apartment to take up tenancy close to the university in Ayobo.”
A Community Development Association (CDA) leader, who pleased anonymity said all pleas made to the LGA and the state government had not yielded results, saying the red earth used as palliative measure worsened the plight of the road users that had resulted to trekking long distances in mud water.
He added, “Most times after bringing my family closer to the border bridge, I find a place to park my car and complete the journey home on Okada at a huge cost.”
He threatened that if the situation continued he would be forced to also relocate like some of his tenants.
Recall that roads leading into Itele from Erin Ota and Ayobo had become impassable as residents look forward to the extension of palliative measures promised by the state government.