Residents of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) estate in Lugbe, Abuja, have bemoaned the deplorable roads in the estate and called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to quickly intervene.
Some of the residents who spoke with journalists on Thursday in Abuja said the neglect of the roads by the concerned authority had made life difficult for them.
John Olasunle said the condition of the road had become worrisome to all the residents, adding that the community had made efforts to curtail the problem to no avail.
Olasunle said that the potholes on the roads were deepening into huge gullies, following heavy rainfall over the months.
He said that the community needed the intervention of the concerned authorities and the deplorable condition of the roads was unbefitting of the FCT.
Kate Akume also lamented that motorists experienced hitches accessing their homes because of the state of the roads.
“Vehicular movement in and around the estate has become a herculean task. Motorists wail and lament daily because of the bad roads.
“The situation should not have deteriorated this much if the FHA was not neglectful.
“It seems they are only interested in collecting tenancy rates without providing commensurate amenities that can make life meaningful for the residents,’’ Akume said.
She noted that the number of residents in the estate was increasing by the day, but the authorities had yet deemed it fit to create additional road networks.
On his part, Muhammed Sani, a civil servant, called on the Federal Government to direct the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to rehabilitate the roads urgently.
“I have been living in this estate for more than 10 years. The roads are becoming an eyesore; the traffic hold-up we experience every day on the roads is unbearable.
“The Federal Government should quickly find lasting solution to this because the residents can no longer bear the pain of driving through these terrible roads.
“It is regrettable that the concerned authority appears unperturbed about our plight. A week does not pass without me visiting the mechanic for one fault or the other in my car due to bad road,’’ Sani said.
Amina Abdullahi said that it was disturbing that all efforts to get the attention of the appropriate authority to come to the rescue of the residents had proved unsuccessful.
Abdullahi however commended the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Candido, for repairing the council’s portion of the road – from the police sign post to the MTN office.
She said it would be commendable if those responsible for the other roads would take up the task of repairing their portion so that the residents could have a smooth ride.