The traditional rulers in communities in Badagry, Lagos State, on Wednesday called on the lawmakers representing them in the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) to expedite actions on the challenges facing them.
Some of the challenges include: the need for quick completion of the Lagos/Badagry Expressway, to make life easy for the residents.
Others are the restoration of power to some communities that have been in darkness and reducing the numbers of checking points on their roads.
The royal fathers gave the charge during the Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting in Badagry with the lawmakers representing them in LAHA.
The traditional ruler of Imeke, Oba Olatunji Ogabi, said that the people of Badagry communities are passing through difficulties on daily basis on the Lagos/Badagry Expressway.
He called on the lawmakers to lobby the government to expedite action on the road so that it would be completed on time, decrying that the construction work on the road was slow.
“You have to do something at all cost to fix our road. It is so shameful that we are going through agonies each time we travel to Lagos from our different communities within Badagry Division.
“We are not happy about the pains our subjects usually pass through each time they travel to Lagos and back,” he said.
Also, the Oniworo of Iworo, Oba Oladele Kosoko, called on the lawmaker not to relent in his efforts of lobbying other lawmakers in LAHA so ensure that the government completes the fixing of the road as quickly as possible.
Kosoko said that many residents of Badagry had met their untimely death, due to the deplorable state of the road.
He urged the lawmakers to play their roles and thus bring succour to both the residents and passers-by.
The traditional ruler also said that there were too many check-points on the Lagos/Badagry road, harping on the need to streamline them.
“Our people have been complaining of extortion at the check-points; this is bad,” he said.
Similarly, the Alapa of Apa, Oba Adekanmi Oyekan, said that his kingdom had been in darkness for a long time, due to power outage.
He urged the lawmakers to ensure that power supply is restored to the community.
Responding, Hon. Olanrewaju Layode, representing Badagry Constituency 1 in LAHA , said that they would work on the aspirations of the people.
Layode said that the benefit of the meeting was to deliberate on issues affecting the general well-being of the people of the constituency.
He said that based on the past meetings, they had been able to understand some socio-economic and infrastructural challenges in the various communities.
The lawmaker promised to present all the challenges facing the constituency to the house when it resumes sitting.
He also gave the assurance that their complaints and suggestions would be tabled before the executive arm of government.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of this year’s Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting is: ‘Environmental Challenges: Community Engagement to Facilitate Lasting Solution’.
Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo/Peter Dada