When Drains Are Blocked, The Streets Become Ugly

Mafoluku is a part of Akinwumi Ambode’s Lagos State. It is surrounded on the east by Orile Oshodi, on the west by the high-end Ajao Estate, and on the north by Murtala Mohammed Airport. Why is Mafoluku in the news? First time visitors to the ugly street are aghast at the sight of clogged drains seeping with decomposing admixture of human waste and leftover food items

Mafoluku is in serious state of disrepair. The buildings along the streets are deteriorating with their corrugated roofing sheets protruding haphazardly towards the short and narrow streets. The defaced roads have stubbornly defied modernity. Mafoluku is a perfect example of a neighborhood that has suffered from perennial neglect from both the previous local and state governments.

The first unwelcoming sign on the streets that greets visitors is utter state of decay with unrepaired drains. When it rains in Mafoluku, the clogged drains make the streets much worse. Streets like Old Ewu, Omilade, St Paul’s and Branco are often rendered impassable to vehicles. However, commercial motorcycles and motorists as well as pedestrians compete with struggle for a sparsely leveled ground.

In the middle of all the frustrating squalor, normal trading goes on in the side streets particularly along Omilade Street and the connecting link to the old Ewu Road. Street traders like Iya Riskat who continue to sell sundry food items are appealing to the government to fix the roads as well as the drains because the rate of mosquito infestation is quite high.

Iya is not alone with her pleas because even bus drivers are disappointed by the state of the neighborhood. They allege that politicians disappear into thin air after harvesting a reasonable amount of votes. Politicians prefer to stay and work in the Island, Ikoyi and Victoria Garden City because it where the big men reside. Until the economy improves, Mafoluku will remain in a sad state of disrepair.

The task of drain unblocking is not really very difficult for one with a wealth of knowledge and experience. There is modern equipment available to carry out fast and effective repairs to the drains so that the blocking issue will be addressed.