PHOTOS: ‘Abandoned’ Lagos drainage project threatens Ejigbo residents

An abandoned drainage project between Ile-Epo bus stop to Egbe Bridge in the Ejigbo area of Lagos state is threatening livelihood and comfort, residents have said.

The project, according to residents, was started late 2012 by a Nigeria contractor but was abandoned on May 5, 2014.

According to a citizen reporter, Okolo Chucks, the contractor cited cash crunch.

“Residents of that area are currently passing through hell,” Mr Chucks said. “The gully created as a result of the drainage is gradually washing towards peoples houses whenever it rains. Something should be done urgently to avoid a major tragedy.

“So many houses have been cut off from access way to the road due to a big gully dug for the drainage project,” he added.

Ejigbo Local government officials denies it has been abandoned.

“We are pleading with the people to exercise patience, it will be completed in the next two months,” Rabiu Hassan, spokesman of the local government council, said. “We gain nothing from abandoning the project.”

He said the project was already nearing completion and if cash crunch is detected, the local government would  make representation to the Lagos state government for more cash.

Images of the situation in the area published below were sent in by Citizen Reporter Okolo Chucks.

Ejigbo lagos abandoned drainage

Ejigbo lagos abandoned drainage

Ejigbo lagos abandoned drainage

Ejigbo lagos abandoned drainage

Ejigbo lagos abandoned drainage

Ejigbo lagos abandoned drainage

Ejigbo lagos abandoned drainage

Ejigbo lagos drainage

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