By Onyemachukwu Precious Nkechi
It is no longer news that Governor Akinwumi Ambode will no longer return as Governor of Lagos State in 2019 since he lost to his contender Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the governorship candidacy ticket of All Progressive Congress(APC) at the primary election held on the 2nd of October, 2018.
Lagos state has become more chaotic and filthy since the governor lost the election. It has become even more of an eyesore everywhere you turn to. It is as though we are not ruled by a governor.
Nowadays, the traffic in Lagos is increasing at an alarming rate. It has no end and has no special time allocated to it. Some radio stations now create a program where they release traffic reports to the audience. No one can give a proper reason as to why there is so much traffic in the state. Some other people speculate using environmental and spiritual factor. Some say it is because of bad roads, some say it is because of overpopulation, others say that it is because of roadblocks caused by tankers. Whatever the case may be, Lagos has never been the same since his rule.
The roadblocks caused by Apapa Tankers are as deadly as ever. It has been a major issue for the past four years. The number of tankers on the road is greatly increasing. Some of the trailers and tankers park on the road without checking on whether it is the right place to park.
Lagos has become filthy ever since the governor scrapped out the environmental sanitation that normally occurs every last Saturday of the month. Lagos has now become a centre for dirtiness. The roads are filled with dirt and the sewage is blocked which in turn causes flooding during the raining season. Just recently, I noticed that all the waste management’s companies have resumed work after a while and they are still trying to recover the state from its uncleanliness. Most people say that Lagos has never been dirtier as what they are seeing now.
According to Tracka, out of 174 roads in Lagos, Governor Akinwumi Ambode has done only 54 roads as of February 2019. According to the Lagos State Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Ade Akinsanya, the roads would be done in 3 phases. This construction was a promise by the Governor to open more inner roads in the state and this was budgeted for 18.6 billions naira.
Lagos State has not remained the same since the lost to the incoming governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. We are hoping for a definite change from the new elected governor after the change over in the government. We solidly hope that everything would turn out well and Lagos will go back to remain a clean state.