Residents of Ajebo Lane, Kasumu, Adebari, Jinadu and Soyinka streets in Agege, Lagos State, have urged the government to prevail on contractors handling the reconstruction of a canal in the area to complete the project.
They told PUNCH Metro that the contractors had abandoned the project half-way.
Nevertheless, they lauded the government for responding to their distress call, saying before reconstruction work started on the canal in April this year, it had become a deathtrap.
According to them, the canal, which was initially tagged as ‘canal of death’ has claimed no fewer than 20 lives.
The residents said abandoning the project halfway would rubbish the goodwill achieved so far by the government in the area.
A community leader, Solomon Abioye, said the contractors stopped working on the project in June.
He said he tried to find out why the project was abandoned but the contractors did not give any explanation.
Abioye said, “I want to commend the Lagos State Government for listening to the cries of the people. However, the contractors have abandoned the work at a time the community was singing the praises of the government for its intervention.
“I appealed to the construction engineer but he said the order to stop the project was from his company. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the government to prevail on the contracting firm to come and finish what they started.
“Right now, they have Adebari, Oke-Okoto, Total and Kasumu streets to complete.”
A resident of Oduntan Street, Mr. Adeniyi Adeagbo, appealed to the government not allow the contractors to abandon the project.
According to Adeagbo, the contractors allegedly stopped because they were being owed.
He said the contractors also complained that they had many projects they were handling and they decided to segment the jobs.
Adeagbo said, “We want the government to help us to bring the contractors back to the site and complete the project.”
Another resident, Wasiu Mutairo, said, “They abandoned the project almost three months ago. What has given us cause for concern is that the contractors have removed all their equipment from the site.”
Mutairo expressed the fear that if the project was not completed before the rains come again, the community would experience the same problems of the past.
A resident of Kasumu, Jimmy Odahieku, said if the government had met its financial obligation to the contractors, it behoved it to compel the contractors to go back to the site.