Youths write Sanwo-Olu on state of Jakande Estate
By Olushola Okewole
The youths, under the aegis of Estate Youth Parliament, have called the attention of the Lagos state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the parlous state of the Estate, appealing to him to intervene.
In the letter jointly signed by its Chairman, Yusuff Adeyemi and its Secretary, Fatoye Oluwatosin, and made available to ECHONEWS, the group complained about the Estate entrance congestion, invasion of cows, deplorable roads within the Estate and others.
The letter reads: “With reference to the letter below, we write to inform you of the bad state of our community as things have gone wrong in and out of our Estate.
“We hereby call your attention to the situation of our entrance as the place is so bad compared to the entrances of other Estates in Lagos State.
“The bike riders blocks us from coming in and going out every blessed day likewise the yellow buses also causes us so many problem by picking and dropping passengers in and outside the Estate entrance, the traders who do not possess shops sells on the walk way, the gutter of the same entrance is usually filled with dirt all the time. All these reasons make it difficult for passers-by to move/walk freely on the road. We believe with proper plan and implementation it can get better.
“Our vehicle users as well as leg users usually suffer as a result of this action. Also our roads are very bad and we have started engaging ourselves in self-help rehabilitation since last year May and the chairman of our local government has also been trying to ensure we have motorable roads however we urge you to please show support to him and us especially in this regard.
“We as well want to request for street lightening of our community as this will enhance security of lives and properties within our community.
“We have also written the ministry of environment on the issue of freely moving cows within the estate however we received a call from them saying it is the duty of the ministry of agriculture despite the fact they had come sometime last year to issue the cow owners a note of warning.”
The group also charged the Ikeja Electric to complete the metering exercise which has been stopped after metering some few customers while appealing to the company to review the mode of customers’ outstanding debts payment which they said has been favourable.
“I am surprised they haven’t started metering at all in the bungalow area of the Estate, we hope they would begin the metering exercise in bungalow soon especially Brown Street of Bungalow.
“Also, we are being charged for three phases despite being connected to one phase by Ikeja Electric, this is very bad of the management and we hope these two things will be worked on. I would want the management of IE to please create an avenue for power consumers to dialogue with them and come to terms with our People,” Adeyemi said.