As I rushed to get the medication prescibed by my doc for my baby’s discomfort, rocking my clogs in the mud, I could not resist the urge to take a picture and make a short video of the present state of the road.
Residents do not pray for rainfall here because vehicles get damaged, fares go up, bikes are scarce and people get stranded.
Late 2017, houses on setbacks were demolished because of a road expansion project that got abandoned last year. There are no drainages, small downpour and eveyone gets messed up. The road is filled with micro potholes that give even bikes headache.
From a overall health perspective, people who live here are in the road as early as 3.30am and are still trying to get back home by 11pm. I have spent 4 hours travelling a distance less than 5 km in Ikorodu. They have families who need their real presence. Optimal physical, mental, emotional health are prerequisites to functional employees.
Regardless of whether it is a low-income area of the state, revenue is generated especially by the local government. I hope that his excellency, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, the incoming governor would do something about this.
According to population.city, the estimated population of Ikorodu by 2019 will be 990,960 if population growth rate remained the same as in the period between 2006-2015 (+8.84%/year). Low-income communities have the power to shape their economic future, but only if they have access to tools that educate and empower. They also need sincere and committed leadership but unfortunately our local government leadership is close to non-functional.
From an environmental perspective, bad roads lead to longer commute time = more gas consumed per kilometer = more exhaust fumes. Cars spending time in floods and muddy waters cause cause exhaust systems to rust. A faulty exhaust system contributes to air pollution. You do not even want to see the inner streets, stagnant water has become the order of the day. Environmental health is about preventing diseases that are causes by environmental factors. We do not have to wait till disease outbreaks happen and we start to run helter skelter allocating funds that most times are not fully deployed for what they are meant for.
Development, a suatainable one at that is a product of deliberate and intentional efforts, will, commitment and sincerity.
This was supposed to be an instagram post but I had to switch to my blog.
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Every prime area was once underdeveloped and it took conscious effort to develop it.