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Shop owners, residents, others lament abandonment of Agege Bridge

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Business owners, residents and commuters are not finding it easy following the continuous abandonment of Agege flyover project. Almost one and half years after former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, awarded the contract to Messrs CCECC and work commenced, the construction work on the bridge has been stopped for almost six months now. Although, the new Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has promised to complete all abandoned projects in the state, residents of Agege have not stopped to lament the deplorable living and environmental conditions of their neighbourhood due to the abandonment of the flyover’s construction.

New Telegraph’s survey showed that apart from the fact that the project’s contractor, Messrs CCECC has partially left the construction site, residents and traders have turned part of the road to refuse dump. The entire environment is now stinking as a result of odour oozing from the refuse dump. If this habit continues without putting a check, epidemic looms in Agege as residents and traders dump refuse indiscriminately.

It was gathered that the project stopped when the politics of second-term bid of the former governor stalled. Continuous delay of the bridge’s project, business owners and residents said have put unnecessary burdens on them, calling on the state government to mobilise the contractor back to site and speed up the construction work. Speaking with New Telegraph, one of the staff of Taste Fried Chicken, who identified herself simply as ‘Dolapo’ said delay of the bridge project has impacted negatively on their sales.

According to her, the company has lost many of its customers and car parks to the bridge project. She said: “We used to record huge sales as customers would troupe in to relax, buy food and drinks before the commencement of the bridge project. But now, we hardly find customers as they find it difficult to access the eatery due to barriers created by the project.’

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