Flood destroys lone link bridge to Lagos community

A seasonal flood from the lagoon on Thursday destroyed the only access link bridge to Muwo Ojo Lagos coastal community, leaving residents stranded.

Some of the residents, who left their homes on the fishing island, could not go back to their homes as the only already dilapidated bridge to the place had been washed away.

Muwo community, a fishing settlement of about 2,000 inhabitants, is located along the fringes of the Lagos lagoon towards the Satellite Town opposite the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the community, originally mapped out for fishermen, now plays host to traders at the trade fair market.

A stranded resident of the area, one Mr. Akin Idowu, said the flood which used to come mostly in the evening, started on Wednesday, submerging buildings in the area.

“We did not know that it will affect the rickety bridge, thereby making residents that left their homes in the morning to the upland not able to get back to their families.

“It is a pathetic situation and this would not have gotten to this extent, had the state authorities heeded to calls by the resident before now,” Idowu said.

The traditional head of the area, Martins Adebowale, said that the area had been witnessing an upsurge in population since the inception of the trade fair market in 2007.

“The area plays host to fun seekers during the festive period, especially those that want to enjoy the waterfront resorts located in the area.

“The upsurge has led to more pressure on the available facilities in the area,” he said

According to him, the state and the local council earn revenue from the place through the dredging of sand from the place.

He said it was regrettable that the authorities allowed the place to rot without corresponding infrastructure.

He called on the state government to assist the area since it was still part of the state.
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