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Badagry residents, students defy rain, protest deplorable state of Lagos/Badagry Expressway

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The Badagry Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who monitored the protest reported that residents blocked the popular Badagry roundabout for hours earlier in the day.

Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, the President, Women Arise Initiative, who led the protest, said the road had become a route of anguish and pain.

“We are in the rain today not because we like it, but because we want to make some demands; we are moving from Badagry to Mile 2.

“We are seeing our economy ruined, we have seen women having still births; We have seen our road becoming a road to the hospital and the mortuary, the time has come for us to rise up in unity.’’

“We have endured this for a very long time, and tourism in Badagry is now at its lowest ebb; we know the concession started in 2009 and several years after the road was awarded, nothing serious has been done about it,’’ she said.

Also speaking, Comrade Bokoh Oluwole. the Chairman, Gunuvi Rights Initiative of Nigeria (GRIN), said that they were protesting because of the bad state of the road.

“This is the first major international road in Nigeria, and the road is Trunk A. It is an international route, an international haulage route. This road serves industrial hubs, and government generates a lot of income from the route.’’

“This road construction began during the Babatunde Fashola administration and it has been on for over a decade and people are dying. At my bus stop, we lost two kids recently because of the nature of the road and some users are sometimes compelled to ply one-way.

“Those who go to Lagos to buy goods from Badagry now find it difficult to transport their wares without incurring losses.

“How long shall we continue to suffer like this, while the government pretends as if all is well? We just can’t continue like this,’’ he said.

Mr Sesan Akingbade, a commuter, said that the Federal Government had forsaken the people plying the road, adding that its deplorable state was making life difficult for Badagry residents and other users.

“I work in Ikeja, so I go through Igbo-Elerin everyday. I spend over N1, 500 going to and returning from work and do over five hours in transit daily. It is gradually telling on my health.

“It is very unfortunate that an international highway will be in such state.

“Any serious work on this road will take more than two years. The federal government should, therefore, commence work on the road in earnest, as a matter of urgency,’’ he said.

Mr Dele Ilori, a commercial vehicle driver, noted that the road had become a death trap.

NAN reports that protesters marched to Ijanikin, where they were joined by students of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, while students of Lagos State University (LASU) also joined at the Igbo-Elerin junction.

The expressway was locked down by the protest for over two hours.

Extensive reconstruction of the Lagos portion of the 61 kilometre, 10-lane expressway began in 2010, but lingering funding problems have compelled the contractors, the Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC), to stop work.

 

 

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COVID-19: NGO donates kits worth N500,000 to Badagry Council

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An NGO, Real Acts of Kindness (RAK) Development Foundation, on Thursday donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth N500,000 to the Badagry West Local Council Development Area.

 

The NGO’s Pioneer,Mr Mobolaji Ogunlende,said that the equipment was to support the council in containing the spread of COVID-19.

 

Ogunlende said  that the donation was the organisation’s  way of giving back to the society, especially,  during the fight against the  current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

He said that the decision to start the PPE kits’ donation from Badagry West LCDA was because of his belief that charity begins at home.

 

“I am from the council and I believe in the saying that charity begins at home; that is why we are starting from Badagry West, as a  way of complementing the Hon. Joseph Gbenu-led administration.

 

“What we brought here today include:  20 boxes of Latex hand gloves, 40 packets of Disposable Gowns/aprons, five eye goggles, 10 pieces of face shield.

 

Others are : 40 pairs of elbow gloves, 25 packs of face masks,  five pieces of  infrared thermometers, hand sanitiser and hand washing soaps.

 

“It is my belief that all these PPE kits will be judiciously used by  the council to curtail the spread of the pandemic in the council and its communities,” he said.

 

Ogunlende urged the council’s staff to  always practise social distancing and the use of  face masks in line with the  Lagos State Government’s directive.

 

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From left: Dr Toyin Akinloye, the Council Medical Officer, Mrs Omodara Bolaji, the Apex Nurse,  and  Mrs Carolyne Olowo-Osi, the Community Health Officer checking the PPE kits donated to Badagry West LCDA

 

Receiving the kits at the council’s Secretariat in Kankon, the Chairman,Mr Joseph Gbenu, thanked the NGO  for the donation.

 

Gbenu promised that the kits would be useful to the council in containing  COVID-19.

 

He also  said  that the council had done a lot  in containing the spread of  COVID-19 in the area through  disinfection and distribution of food palliatives.

 

He added that the council had  established a COVID-19 holding centre at Apa  in April where the the donated PPE kits donated would be useful.

 

“On behalf of the good people of Badagry West Local Council Development Area, I thank you for donating these kits.

 

Badagry West is your home base, for sometime now I have seen a lot that you have done, not only in Badagry West, but in  other local government areas.

 

“If someone can think deep after the distribution of foods, sanitisers, and soaps and still go further to buy PPE kits  for the council, he needs to be appreciated,” he said.

 

The chairman handed over the kits to the council’s Medical Officer, Dr Toyin Akinloye, for even distribution across the five Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the area.

 

Akinloye said that the donation of the PPE kits was timely  as the PHCs were running out of the equipment.

 

“We are really running short of  supplies of PPE kits and RAK has just donated them to us at a very good time.

 

” I am sure that  the health workers will be praying for the NGO.These kits  are exactly what we need for the frontline workers,”  he said.

 

NAN reports that dignitaries at the presentation include: Mr Rauf Yemaren, Vice Chairman, Badagry West LCDA, Mr  Gusanu Sovi, Secretary to the council, Mr Anthony Godonu, the Supervisor  for Health.

 

Others are: Amusa Rasaq, Majority Leader of the council, Mr Ayodele Hunge, Council Manager,  Mrs Omodara Bolaji, the Apex Nurse,  and  Mrs Carolyne Olowo-Osi, the Community Health Officer.

 


Edited By: Victor Asije/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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EKEDC promises to install idle transformers to improve supply in Badagry

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The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Thursday promised to install all  the idle transformers in Agbara and Badagry communities in order to improve power supply in the area.

 

The Managing Director and the CEO of EKEDC, Mr Adeoye  Fadeyibi,  gave the assurance at the virtual customer forum, created by the company to replace the town hall meeting usually held with customers and community leader representatives.

 

Fadeyibi, who was represented by Mr Sunday Oyejide, the company’s Business Manager, Agbara District Unit, said the meeting was in continuation of its normal town hall engagement usually held to feel the pulse of the community on its service delivery.

 

“On transformers that were not connected, either donated by the state government, local government or community efforts, we have compiled them and forwarded same for necessary actions.

 

“The project department of EKEDC will take up the issue of idle transformers and address it promptly.

 

“My advice is that all communities that have idle transformers should attach the receipts of purchase or letter of allocations or evidence of right ownership that they are meant to be used within your community to EKEDC for necessary action,” he said.

 

Fadebiyi appealed to customers who were on analogue meters to apply for prepaid meters through its Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) process.

 

“Prepaid meter  is the solution to billing and everyone should endeavour to key into MAP process of getting it.

 

“You either download the form from  our website or get the form from our office, complete and submit for processing.

 

“After that,  you will be communicated on the mode of payment and after 14 days the meter will be installed,” he said.

 

On the issue of high billing, the managing director said that efforts were being made for the  installation of statistical meters on all the transformers that would  ensure adequate billing.

 

He advised the customers on estimation to equally manage energy by ensuring no light was on during the day.

 

“Please, let us encourage our people to come for adjustments and key in for prepaid meters as a means  of  putting ends to billing issues,” he said.

 

Fadebiyi urged the customers within the network to pay promptly their monthly bills.

 

“All these equally depend on revenue we are able to get back from the system.

 

“In some areas, their collection efficiency is nothing to write home about and the business can not be run at a loss,” he said.

 

He urged communities within the zone to create WhatsApp group on electricity and add EKEDC so that issues could be discussed without delays in fault clearing.

 

“I want to appreciate everyone here for their time and data spent for this meeting,” he said.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that earlier, some customers in Agbara and Badagry communities had complained of idle transformers bought by government and through  community efforts, estimated billings and outage in their areas.

 

Mr Salami Idris, the Chairman, Iroko Epa Community Development Area in Apa, Badagry, urged the management of EKEDC to energise the transformer given to the community by the Lagos State Government.

 

He said the transformer had been lying  idle for 10 years without being energised,  adding that over 120 registered customers living in the area were not enjoying power supply.

 

Also, Mr Adeleke Raheem, the Secretary Itesiwaju Iledu CDA in Araromi, Badagry , said the community had been suffering from load shedding since 2016.

 

The Chairman of Olorunda Local Council Development Area, Mr Samson Olatunde, gave us a new transformer but  the staff of EKEDC had refused to install it for us,” he said.

 

Mr Tunde Genty, Secretary, Ayedotun CDA , Atiporomeh area, Badagry, said they had problems with estimated billings, insufficient transformers and prepaid meters.

 

Gentry called on the management of EKEDC to address these issues so that the community would enjoy power supply.

 


Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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NGO donates food items to orphanages in Badagry

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An NGO, Real Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation, on Friday donated food items to two orphanages in Badagry to mark the 2020 Children’s Day.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two homes were Hephzibah Homes at Ibereko and Lady Atinuke Orphanage located at Saw-Mill area, all in Badagry.

Mr Mobolaji Ogunlende, the Pioneer of the NGO, told NAN on the sidelines of the presentationthat the visit was to celebrate with the orphans and contribute “their widow’s mite” for their upkeep.

Ogunlende said that this was their way of identifying and showing love to the orphans in the homes.

“As children throughout the world celebrate their day this week, we are here to rejoice and celebrate the children of orphanage homes.

” It was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to share joyful moments with them.

“I want to urge philanthropists in Nigeria to support orphanage homes to enhance the children’s performance and their standard of living.

“This will afford the homes the opportunity to focus more on their initiatives and celebrate the uniqueness of people living with mental challenges among others,” he said.

He said that the food items donated included bags of rice, indomie noodles, biscuits, detergent, pampers, spaghetti, soap and milk.

Speaking earlier, Mr Joseph Pablo the Patron, Lady Atinuke Orphanage, commended RAK Foundation for bringing joy to the children of the orphanage.

Pablo said that the orphanage was a non-profit organisation taking care of children who were orphaned, abandoned, destitute and vulnerable in the society.

He called on other members of the society to emulate the gesture of the foundation by donating and celebrating occasionally with the orphans.

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Stakeholders decry multiple check points on Lagos-Badagry Expressway

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Some stakeholders in Badagry  on Thursday decried the multiple Police check points along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, alleging that the security personnel were using the avenue to extort motorists.

 

They said this during the Joint Weekly Peace and Security Meeting organised by the three Local Government Areas held at the Badagry Local Government secretariat in Ajara, Badagry.

 

They decried the hardships most  commuters and motorists were passing through as well as the high rate of extortion by the security personnel along the road.

 

Hon. Setonji David, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Badagry Constituency 2, said that no business could strive in Badagry with the number of police check points on the road.

 

“While roadblocks are necessary, we will not ignore Badagrians who complain that government policies made to protect them have turned into oppressive conduct by those concerned.

 

“From the traveling experiences I had, it is only  thecLagos-Badagry expressroad that has numerous checkpoints within short intervals, this is an abuse of road checkpoints.

 

“No business can strive in Badagry with the number of police on the road, this is unbearable, we are under siege here,” he said.

 

David said that the security meeting was to tell the world what they were going through in Badagry, adding that they could no longer pretend that things were fine.

 

Also, Mr Solomon Bonu, the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu  of Lagos state appealed to the police command in the state  that the road blocks should be reduced in the interest of peace.

 

Bonu noted that the increasing number of checkpoints had drastically affected tourists and tourism activities in Badagry.

 

Mr Governor has good intentions to boost Badagry tourism potential when he appointed me and Mr Babatunde Mesewaku as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

 

“But  the police personnel  on the road are causing stumbling blocks for tourists who often decry the number of checkpoints.

 

“I wonder what they are checking. The hardship they are causing is immeasurable. It is not just collapsing the businesses; it is wasting our time.

 

“Even the common man, and  drivers are protesting every day because of checkpoints, the economy of Badagry is going down every day. Kindly look into it for a lasting solution,” Bonu said.

 

Similarly, Hon. Ibrahim Layode, member LSHA Constituency 1, charged the security agencies to do their jobs in such a way that they will  not be detrimental to the residents.

 

Layode condemned the rude manners at which some officers talk to commuters and motorists on the road.

 

He alleged  that some police officers were fond of creating barriers on public roads to enable easy stopover by road users, which he said  was not proper.

 

Also speaking, Hon. Suru Avoseh, a member of Lagos State Civil Service Commission, said the Police were not always friendly on the expressway.

 

“I am from Erekiti, I personally have to challenge a police man who had his gun cocked and was harassing the people on the Mowo-Ikoga road.

 

“We are not against security, but restricting our people is what we are against.

 

“Police were our friends before, but now on the road, police are  no longer our friends,” Avoseh said.

 

Chief Tunde Giro, the representative of Akran of Badagry, disclosed that from Seme to Badagry there are no less than  13 police check points.

 

Responding, the Divisional Police Officer, Badagry Police Station, CSP Sunday Adeyeri, said his station had only two checkpoints situated at Iyafin, Badagry.

 

Adeyeri said that all other check points were not under his jurisdiction.

 

He, however, appealed to the public  that necessary measures would be taken to moderate the situation.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other political stakeholders that attended the meeting include:  Hon. Nuatin Genesis, the former Sole Administrator, Badagry West LCDA and Mr Moses Owolabani, a community leader.

 

Others are the  representatives of  the FRSC,  the NURTW, Customs Service, Immigration Services and Nigerian Army.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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LASG to enumerate Badagry Windstorm, flood victims — LASEMA

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The Lagos State Government has embarked on enumeration of victims of a strong windstorm which ravaged Iragon Community in Badagry Local Local Government Area on Monday.

The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said that LASEMA officials would enumerate victims that suffered severe damages to structures, which included school, church, the community town hall and several residential buildings.

“Though, no lives were lost in the incident, however, Commissioner 2, of the Lagos State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Suru Avoseh, stated that the incident affected over 100 buildings, with over 150 people devastated.

“These events reportedly culminated in the decision and my directive to conduct a comprehensive enumeration of the entire affected community on Tuesday 26th May, 2020.

“A number of homes have totally or partially collapsed, while others had their roofs blown off by the heavy winds.

“We can confirm for example that the prototype school in the community, St Patrick’s Primary school, have suffered extensive damage.

“We have dispatched a team to conduct an enumeration of damaged property and displaced persons, particularly elderly, women and children within the locality. .

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Lagos lawmaker distributes food items to 2000 widows, indigents in Badagry

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Mr David Setonji,  lawmaker representing Badagry Constituency 2 in Lagos State House of Assembly, has distributed food items to 2,000 widows and indigents in the area to cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown.

The Lagos Lawmaker said in a statement on Saturday that each of the beneficiaries received packages including wheat meal, Spaghetti, Semolina, Macaroni and noodles.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmaker had on April 9, distributed 1,000 packages of food items to Badagry residents to reduce effects of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

The lawmaker added that the second batch of the food palliative, which he had just distributed, was for the Eid-el-Fitr celebration and COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Setonji said that he had gone extra mile to get over 2,000 branded food items from a reputable organisation for his constituents.

“The food items are mainly for the less privileged such as widows, the aged and handicapped in my constituency.

“The items will also be given to those who did not  received any in the first phase.

“The food items in the package are wheat meal, Spaghetti, Semolina, Macaroni and noodles.

“I implore everyone in my constituency to take the food relief with love and bear in mind that the food items, no matter the amount, could not still feed everyone.

“I’m very sure that this token wouldn’t reach you all enough, but I implore our people to bear with me because of the insufficient amount.

“The spirit wills but the financial capacity does not measure up to that, as I still have other people-oriented constituency projects, that I need to complete,” he said

Setonji reassured members of his constituency of good representation, adding that he would continue to serve his constituents with passion and vigour.

“Be rest assured, I will continue to do my best for my constituency and Badagry at large, God willing,” he assured.

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Police extortion: Lawmaker pleads for calm over Badagry motorists’ protest

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A federal lawmaker, Rep. Babatunde Hunpe, on Saturday pleaded for calm as commercial motorists protested police extortion on the Lagos-Badagry highway.

Hunpe, representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, made the appeal in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Badagry, near Lagos.

On May 22, commercial motorists protested what they described as “high rate of police extortion on the Lagos Badagry Expressway.

“I was not happy when I heard about the protest by motorists plying Lagos-Badagry Expressway on the extortion by the security agents.

“The extortion has been on for long and has become a recurring decimal.

“I have sent a high-powered delegation led by Rep. Setonji Balogun to the Area Commander of Area K Police Station, Morogbo over the protest.

“The area commander assured me that he had personally waded into the matter

“Thereafter, the area commander met with the motorists union, drivers and stakeholders and promised to reconvene another meeting after sallah holiday,” he said.

The lawmaker appealed to the protesting motorists to sheave their swords and wait for the outcome of the meeting with the security agents.

Hunpe also appealed to other security agencies, including the Nigeria Immigration Service, Customs, Federal Road Safety Corps, Vehicle Inspection Officers and the Lagos State Transport Management Authority, to consider the pain being passed to commuters.

Edited By: Gregory Mmaduakolam/Silas Nwoha (NAN)

 

 

 

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Badagry West LCDA Chairman warns residents to heed curfew

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The Chairman, Badagry West LCDA, Mr Joseph Gbenu, has warned residents of the area to refrain from unnecessary movements during the 8p.m to 6a.m. curfew imposed by government.

Gbenu gave the warning on Saturday at a security meeting and inauguration of a Security Joint Task Force to monitor compliance with the COVID-19 curfew in the area.

He said that the Joint Security Task Force on COVID-19 would be headed by Air Commodore Morakinyo Akiode of the Nigeria Air Force Base in Badagry.

“Henceforth, anybody caught wandering aimlessly within the town after 8p.m. will be arrested and prosecuted by the task force.

“I urge everyone to stay at home and avoid unnecessary movement from 8p.m. to 6a.m. as directed by the Federal Government,” Gbenu said.

He said that the meeting had allowed the team to critically discuss issues as it related to security and resolve complaints emanating from different communities.

The council chairman said that the meeting also deliberated on complaints of motorists and other road users on the issue of proliferation of security check points on Badagry roads.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Badagry Local Government, Mr Olusegun Onilude, decried the proliferation of checkpoints at Aroko-Iyafin before the Gbaji bridge in Badagry.

Onilude, who was represented by his Vice Chairman, Mr Andrew Akoteme, said that the proliferation of checkpoints in the area had resulted in the extortion of motorists.

He lauded the initiative of the security chiefs to rid the Badagry highway of Illegal checkpoints.

Onilude urged all security personnel to synergize and intensify their efforts towards ensuring a peaceful relationship in the city.

“I am convinced that we are capable, but we need to do more, we want peace for our people, and we trust that God will not disappoint us,” said Onilude.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Joint Local Security Committee immediately went on physical inspection to Aroko-Iyafin police check points, where necessary adjustments were made on the spot.

NAN reports that in attendance at the meeting were representatives of Nigeria Police Force, The Nigeria Army, The Nigeria Navy, The DSS, The Nigeria Airforce, Nigerian Legion.

Others were Nigeria Customs Service, Police Border Patrol, Nigeria Civil Defence and Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni (NAN)

 

 

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Increase fuel supply to filling stations in Badagry border communities- Association

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A group, Hengo Badagry Youth Association, on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to increase supply of petroleum to nine approved filling stations in the border communities.

President of the association, Mr Felix Godonu, made the plea at a news briefing in Badagry.

Godonu said that this would make residents living in the areas to be comfortable and assist the state government to contain the community transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Federal Government should please support the efforts of the state government in curbing community transmission of COVID-19 by allowing more fuel stations to dispense the products.

“This because the large crowd at the petrol station whenever there is fuel, calls for worry and concern, as most people unintentionally disregarded the social distancing and use of mask guidelines.

“Government should allow filling stations with proper documentation and credibility to start lifting fuel for distribution so that normalcy can return to our communities,” he pleaded.

The Federal Government had on March 23 lifted the suspension placed on 66 filling stations across the border communities to ease fuel scarcity in the areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that nine out of the 66 filling stations belonged to Badagry border communities in Lagos State.

Godonu said that the quantity of petroleum supply to the nine approved stations were not enough for over 120 communities in the border areas.

According to Godonu, residents of these communities need sufficient petrol to keep them at home during the lockdown as directed by the state government to curtail the spreading of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The hardship being encountered by residents in the last two months since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic is unquantifiable with adverse effects on our economic and social life.

“They have to trek a distance to buy petrol since the 20 kilometres restriction of supply of petroleum products to our area,” he said.

Godonu said the few petrol stations that were allowed to dispense the product were usually empty after selling fuel for two days.

“It is no longer news that out of about 100 towns and villages that makes up Badagry West Local Council Development Area, only 30 per cent is connected to the national grid leaving the rest of us in darkness.

“The use of our generator is the only option that we are left with for power supply.

“We all depend on petrol for our homes, cars, motor bikes, boat engines and other domestic machines,” he said.

The association president said due to insufficient petrol in the areas, most of their children that were out of schools due to the pandemic were not benefiting from the ongoing online teachings.

He said: “Now, our children have been instructed to study online; how will they cope when we don’t have electricity supply or petrol to power our generators.

“We can’t do without fueling our generators here to enable them to study.

“To get fuel now is like travelling with over 20 police checkpoints harassing our women, and causing heavy traffic, even with the lockdown guidelines by the government.”

Godonu said that the association had met with the management of the nine approved stations in the areas to find out why their stations were selling fuel to the public.

“They told us that they only receive one truck of petrol, kerosene and diesel weekly, which means they have to wait till another week before they could get another supply.

“Now, we are appealing to the Federal Government to consider the population of the people living in the areas which are mostly artisans and petty traders that depend on petrol for their daily needs,” he said.

Godonu urged the Federal Government to increase the number of filing stations in the areas.

“Nine filling stations for over 120 communities in border areas of Badagry is not enough.

“Before the suspension, we were having close to 120 filling stations, though some were doing illegal businesses.

Edited By: Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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