The Concerned Indigenes of Badagry Living in Abuja (CIBLA) has condemned the neglect of Badagry Expressway, describing the state of the road as a pitiable sight.
The Leader of CIBLA, Toviho Monday stated this at a news conference yesterday, 15th October 2020, in Abuja, adding that Badagry people should not be ignored as they are still Nigerians.
According to Eagle Online report, Toviho noted that the inhabitants and visitors to Badagry have been in severe pains over the neglect suffered from both the State and Federal Government, adding that the historical town with great tourism potential is now a shadow of itself, as it has been neglected politically, socio-economically and in terms of infrastructural development.
The Leader of CIBLA further explained that the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which is Nigerian section of the Trans-West African Coastal Highway and was constructed in 1975 by the Military government of General Yakubu Gowon has now become an international embarrassment.
“Instead, the 28-kilometre road from Agbara to Badagry roundabout has been proliferated by checkpoints that serve as extortion and harassment points for security agencies.” He said.
“It is laughable seeing commercial motorists being given numbers as receipt for their payments at checkpoints thereby causing hike in transport fare.
“One wonders if Badagry is really part of Nigeria with so many inhumane treatments by the government to our people.” Toviho added.
He further expressed worry over neglect of abandoned projects in the town by the State Government, thereby appealing to the State and Federal Governments to urgently see to the rehabilitation of Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
He therefore called on the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure that Badagry indigenes are well represented in his cabinet and other positions in the State.