Again! Odogunyan Residents Call on Government For Intervention On Road, Environmental Impacts of Industrial Estate
-Beg govt to carry out medical/environmental impact of the Industrial Estate
-Call government’s attention to flooding problems in Zumratul Islammiyyah Primary School, Odogunyan
-Complete abandoned Isocare Road/Agodo Road
Story & pictures by Kunle Adelabu
In view of the coming raining season, residents of Odogunyan community in Ikorodu have called on the Lagos State Government led by the Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to intervene in their plight by fixing the road which has collapsed their economic and social lives.
The residents through their Community Development Association also called on the government and other international bodies to carry out comprehensive examination on the environment to know the effects of the waste and others from the numerous industries on Odogunyan community and its residents.
Aside the fact that the major road host the largest Industrial Estate in West Africa, it also leads to the Agodo-Alara community which emerged as the best Community Development Area (CDA) in Lagos State in 2015.
In an interview with the Mr Niyi Odugbesi, Chairman, Arosowole CDA, Agodo-Alara, he described the condition in their community as worrisome. “Like the old saying that, “any dog that is been fed by many people will most times go hungry because all his benefactors will believe someone among them would have fed him and at the end no one will”. Our problem is not different from the problems of other border-towns which suffer neglect and abandonment. This is what we have in our consciousness that made us do our registration in Lagos. The placement has been a major challenge and around our community, we also have many big companies and yet we have no feeling neither the presence of the government nor the companies’ social responsibilities.”
“The community bought the transformer we are using, established and constructed the school which won us the Lagos 2015 best CDA award. Look at the road and the drainage from Odogunyan through the Industrial Estate into Agodo-Alara which is terribly bad and despite that we had made several efforts to the companies and the government, no sucour has come our way yet” he submitted.
Mr also Odugbesi also raised serious health concern and want quick government intervention to enable the residents to know the impacts of the industrial activities on the lives of the residents and the community. “Officially, the authority concerned is yet to receive the report of the effects of the activities of the companies operating in the industrial estate on our environment and the people and since we are not experts we cannot make any assertion. But we know that definitely there will be harzard from the effluent and fumes from these companies like we have the PZ plant where they produce the detergent and others.
He added, “We have been wondering due to recent experiences where we lost lots of people to a particular ailment. It may be natural death but we don’t know but recently the same ailment-cancer has killed many of our people. Since no medical examination has been conducted, we can only conjure assumption and we are expecting the government to come around to conduct examination to determine the effects of these companies on our community and the people vis-à-vis our recent experiences where we have lost more people to cancer. We have companies dealing in iron melting, waste and many others including the PZ plant. We cannot really know until the government conducts thorough findings and we are pleading for quick intervention. “
The Arosowole CDA Chairman pleaded with the state government to come to their aid by rehabilitating and completing abandoned roads, “we want the government to complete the school and put it in good shape. Secondly, there are two major roads that require government’s attention, the Odogunyan-Industrial Estate-Agodo-Alara and the boundary road, Ita Oluwo-Odo-Kekere Roads. Another major road that the government should repair as a matter of urgency is the abandoned Isocares road from Losi-Oba junction to Agodo-Alara. Work has started on the road and the road was about 60% completed before it was abandoned. We also need new transformers to complement the existing ones because currently, we are going on load-shedding with one-day on, one-day arrangement. Government should be intervening so that the concern authority can energize the facilities on ground.”
Mrs Abiola Soaga, the Vice Chairman, Agodo-Segun, another community along Odogunyan Industrial Estate also described the residents’ situation as pathetic and government’s disposition as complete neglect.
“We are committed party people in Agodo and as citizens; we have been contributing our quota to the government but without any corresponding response from those in authority. The road leading to our community is in terrible state despite the fact that we have the presence of the largest Industrial Estate in West Africa if not in Africa.”
She also complained about the danger being posed by the industries, “It is unfair that government has completely left us to our fate. Our lives are constantly in danger due to the excesses of the companies along our road. They park their trailers indiscriminately, thereby blocking the better part of the road and leave us to ply the collapsed parts. Worst still, they have turned the road to where they can do anything. They normally take the advantage of their parking to defecate on the road and dropping of whatever waste left in their vehicles after off-loading.”
Mrs Soaga also called the attention of Governor Ambode’s government to the state of Zumratul Isllammiyah Primary School, Odogunyan, which according to her, is usually flooded whenever it rains, thereby preventing teachers and pupils from accessing their classes or prevented them from coming depending on when the rain started.
“You need to come around whenever it is raining to see the flood our teachers and pupils usually contend with. It is always a serious problem and we have called the attention of the government and companies to it without success. While the government is not responding, the companies are saying that they have been paying their taxes to the government and cannot engage in Corporate Social Responsibility anymore. But the fate of our children and the community is at stake, hence, we need urgent attention” she lamented.
Mrs Soaga on her also called on the government to quickly intervene in rehabilitating the Odogunyan/Industrial Estate Road and also the school.
“We are calling on the government to help in rehabilitating the industrial road in the interest of thousands of people living in and around the area. The Zumratul Islammiyyah Primary School in Odogunyan also is in dire need of government attention. The school is in a very terrible state and it is not befitting for academic works. The flooding problem in the school compound should be a matter of urgency because of the coming raining season” she pleaded.
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