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Devastating Ganiyu Street

Posted: Jun 1, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ajibola Abayomi ,  Lagos

Gully erosion as explained by geographers is a landform created by running water, eroding sharply into soil, typically on a hillside.

Foundation of one of the buildings on Ganiyu Street affected by erosion in Lagos.

Gullies resemble large ditches or small valleys, but are metres to tens of metres in depth and width.

When the gully formation is in process, the water flow rate can be substantial, which causes the significant deep cutting action into soil.

The above depicts the pitiable agony of the residents of Ganiyu Street, Aboru, a suburb of Iyana- Ipaja, Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

However, as a result of creation of additional 37 Local Government Development Centers (LCDAs) from the existing 20 local governments in Lagos state by the state government, the people of Aboru community and its environs are now part of Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA created out of Alimosho council.

Lagos State government no doubt stands tall among states noted for massive infrastructure turn around in the country particularly under the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Babatunde Raji Fashola.

That the state is being referred to as Centre of Excellence is not a fluke, however, residents of Aboru, especially those at Ganiyu Street seem to have been forgotten.

Some of the buildings on the street if not for the topography of where they were cited can compete with some mansions at Victoria Island or Government Reserved Areas (GRA) and other choice locations in the State.

What serves as road spanning over 2,400 meters in length within the street for the residents is so dilapidated that most of them had to build alternative pavements  to enable them access their homes because erosion had dug foundations of most of the buildings feet above the soil level.

To say that the road is impassable for motorists and bike owners is the least. The end result of the erosion surge in the area is predictable if urgent steps are not taken to recover the soil level.

Foundations of most of the houses are shaky; the walls are cracking as many of the buildings had already been reduced to shanty.

The Secretary of the Landlords Association, Ganiyu Street Chapter, Mr Adio Kusino could not hide regrets over the years after exchanging correspondents coupled with efforts aimed at drawing attention of Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA to their plight yielded no positive result.

He recalled: “We had written several letters through the Landlord Association and our Community Development Association (CDA) to the council; yet, we got nothing tangible in return.

“We exist here through communal effort. Our CDA, Alhaji Ganiyu; whom the street was named after and one of our members graded the road at different times years ago. They tried what they could but the situation is now beyond all of us. The situation is appalling because we don’t know what to do next. We are appealing to both the state government and Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA to come to our aide.”

Another concerned resident, in the area, Mr David Ogunkande added his voice to the Save Our Soul message to the state government.

“Aboru community had existed for centuries. We are part of Lagos State. As law abiding citizens, we pay our tenement rate; therefore, we are appealing to those in authority to look into our plight. Since 2004, no vehicle or Okada could drive through our street because of the terribly erosion we are battling with.

“During the raining season, we are always at the mercy of flood. It is always difficult for our children and even the elders to move on the road, you can imagine what the erosion has done to the foundations of several houses here. It is frightened; we need the state government to rescue us before we are washed away by the flood.”

The people may have to bear the agony for a while as Agbado Oke- Odo LCDA appears incapable to proffer solution to the challenge at hand for now.

Attempts to get the attention of the current Executive Secretary of Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, Mr David Famuyiwa; holding forth pending the election of a substansive chairman for the council, were unsuccessful.

On several occasions when Daily Independent Metro visited the council, he was always unavailable for comment. Apart from that calls and text messages to his mobile phone were not responded to after interating with the council’s Information Officer who simply identified herself as Mrs Gbinige.