Damaged Road On Adeyemi Owuyo Street: Where Are Zenith, Sterling Banks’ Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) In Ikorodu?

Kunle Adelabu.

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This dilapidated portion on Adeyemi Owuyo Street is between Sterling and Zenith on Lagos Road, Ikorodu

It is a sharp contrast when comparing the efforts of the men of the Nigerian Army attached to 174 Battalion, Odogunyan in Ikorodu to make the Shagamu-Odongunyan Road motorable and the neglect by two leading banks located on Adeyemi Owuyo street to the badly damaged road in the community despite making so much profit from there banking operations in the community. The road is between the two banks on Lagos Road, Ikorodu.

 

While the efforts of the men of the 174 Battalion under the command of Lt. Col. Benedict Ezeh, on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in fixing various portions of the Trunk A road, was unusual and very commendable act particularly when one consider the fact that the soldiers have more challenging tasks in dealing with high incidence of crimes and criminalities in Ikorodu and its environs coupled with their primary duty of defending the nation, the non- challant attitude of these two banks towards the bad state of this road should be condemned.

Adeyemi Owuyo street, which connects Lowa area of Ikorodu township to Lagos road,is an important bye-pass to decongest the Garage Roundabout as motorists going to many parts of the town can easily connect the street instead of adding to the congestion at the Roundabout.

 

But the dilapidated condition of the road started from the emergence of small potholes which later turned to  big  ones and the two banks,which owed the  community a responsibility of fixing the road as part of there Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR),neglected it.

 

A residents of the street, who spoke with THE IMPACT, condemned the neglect.“In other areas, you will see banks and other corporate entities embarking on road construction and rehabilitation; provision of good drinking water and ensuring that there is light from night till morning on the  street where they operate but that is not the case with Zenith and Sterling banks. It is wrong”, he said while condemning the banks neglect of the road.

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Another resident, who identified herself as Tola, also stated, “This road has been deteriorating and these banks that are also making use of it are just looking at the other side, expecting the government to fix it. The state of the road is not even good for their corporate image at all. You should come back at night, the whole place will be in darkness. These are banks worth several billions of naira and are also getting so much from the people in Ikorodu, yet, they cannot give little back to the same community.”

 

 

 

“Until residents start boycotting and transferring their accounts to other banks that are responsible to our community, these banks will not take us seriously”,she added.

 

Efforts to hear from the managers of the two banks before press time proved abortive.

 

 

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