Multi-million abandoned drainage in Lagos now a threat to life

A multi-million Naira abandoned drainage by the Lagos government at the Demurin road in Ketu Local Government Area of the state now poses threat to life.

Traders and residents have resorted to using a wooden bridge constructed across the abandoned drainage that now poses risk to their lives should the poorly constructed bridge collapses.

The drainage construction that was started two years ago has continued to remain abandoned residents in the area say.

The abandoned drainage
The abandoned drainage. Photo credit: Tracka 

This is even as many traders were seen sitting on a wooden bridge constructed over the drainage to conduct different kinds of transactions. A situation that will lead to loss of lives and injuries should the wooden bridge collapse.

The Lagos state government has continued to allow commercial activities to be carried out on the poorly constructed wooden bridge that poses threat to life. Even as the state this year alone recorded incidents of collapsed buildings under construction in different parts of the city that led to the loss of lives and properties.

Mr. Fidelis Akumi, who spoke to MAWA described the abandoned drainage as a death trap. Akumi who says he owns a shop close to the drainage disclosed they resorted to constructing a wooden bridge to have access to their shops and homes.

“We know this is dangerous, we have no other option than to use a wooden bridge, our prayer is that any day it collapses, let no one dies,” Akumi said.

Tracka, a public accountability organization that exposed the abandoned drainage has since appealed to the Lagos state government to help fix it.

MAWA-Foundation could not immediately reach out to the Lagos state government for an official response.

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