Some residents of Gowon
Estate, Ipaja, in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos, last Saturday, decried the deplorable state of the estate.
In separate interviews with journalists the residents said that the Estate was a ghost of itself.
The Chairman, Community Development Area (CDA), North, Mr Mike Okoro, said that the original infrastructure of the estate was in ruins because it had not been maintained since it was built.
“The present concern has to do with the overwhelming sanitation challenges that have become serious environmental and health hazards to the residents.
“The estate’s wide roads and designated public spaces have been confiscated by business people, most of whom do not live in the estate and have become a menace to the area.
“These business people defecate everywhere, dump refuse and chemicals to pollute our wells and bore holes without concern whatsoever.
“They do not care about the dangers of their behaviour and have become laws unto themselves simply because no one is in charge,” he said.
Okoro urged the relevant agencies in charge of the estate to put the situation under control and remove the illegal structures to save the residents from epidemic.
A retired civil servant, Mr Edward Olley, told journalists that he was happy when he purchased a plot in the 1990s to develop a permanent residence.
“I thought I got a place where I could retire to and therefore, I invested all my life savings to build a modest house.
“Instead of instituting a management regime that would ensure strict observance of Federal and state governments bye-laws, governing housing estates, the federal Housing Authority (FHA), has not helped the situation,” he said.
Olley urged the Federal Government to introduce a bill to divest from FHA, and to work out mechanism for handing it over to private Estate managers.
Mr Asiegbu Nkpa, another resident, said that all the roads in the Estate were in a poor condition.
“All the roads within the Estate need to be repaired.
“The dual carriage First Avenue has been taken over completely by artisans doing all sorts of woodwork, catering, block making, motor repairs and welding,” he said.
Nkpa requested the appropriate government agencies to look into the complaints and address both the infrastructure and environmental problems of Gowon Estate.
NAN reports that Gowon Estate was developed in the 1970s with the hope of providing affordable accommodation for Nigerians.