Lawmakers decry over 100 checkpoints along Lagos-Badagry expressway

Lawmakers decry over 100 checkpoints along Lagos-Badagry expressway

Lawmakers from Badagry Local Government Area (LGA) at the national and state levels have decried the over 100 checkpoints witnessed along the Lagos-Badagry expressway.

The lawmakers expressed their displeasure at a civic reception organised for them on Wednesday in Badagry by the New Badagry Forum (NBF).

Present at the occasion were members representing Badagry LGA at the National and State House of Assemblies, newly-appointed commissioners and other politicians from the constituency.

Commenting on the issue, Mr Sesi Whingah, member, Federal House of Representatives (Badagry Federal Constituency), said no constituency could survive with the over 100 checkpoints in their area.

“If you come to Badagry and experience the road blocks, you won’t like to come back again.

“We want to revive the economy of Badagry, how do we do this when we don’t have good roads and with many checkpoints.

“In as much as we want the environment to be secured, this is not how to secure it. It is a border area, the security agencies should move back to the border area.

“Along the expressway, we have agencies such as the Nigeria Customs, Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Army.

“We also have the Quarantine and Port Health Service at different checkpoints.

“We have written to their agencies and I can assure you that we won’t keep quiet until they leave our roads.

“We want these agencies off our roads,” he said.

Whingah commended the organisers for inviting them and the newly-appointed commissioners.

He said: “This is bringing together elected and appointed office holders in Badagry and we have promised to make ourselves available to you.

“This will also make us to work in unison for the development of Badagry as a whole,” Whingah said.

Mr Setonji David, the lawmaker representing Badagry Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), said the forum would help them to work together for the development of Badagry.

“Both the elected and the appointed officers will work in unison to protect the interest of the people of Badagry.

“The forum has brought us together for the development of Badagry,” David said.

Mr Bonu Solomon, the lawmaker representing Badagry Constituency 1 in LAHA, commended the organisers for bringing the politicians together for the development of the town.

He said that their coming together would help them put the town in its rightful place.

Also commenting, Mr Olusegun Onilude, Chairman, Badagry Local Government, said this was the first time a group of young people would be bringing political office holders together for the progress of the town.

This is a challenge; we won’t disappoint them, it will make us to redouble our efforts,” Onilude said.

Prince Olu Kosoko, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the NBF, said that their objective was to find new ways of resolving challenges in the local government.

“We believe that Badagry has not become what it is supposed to be.

“We decided to come together as young progressive minds on how we can contribute, influence and inspire a new narrative for the town.

“I am happy today because we are able to celebrate the new political leaders in the town,” Kosoko said.

Mr Sewunde Akande, the Director General, NBF, said that after the event, the group would continue to liaise with the elected office holders and appointed commissioners on the development of the town.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the New Badagry Forum is a grassroot Non-Governmental Organisation inspired to create new culture change and develop global leaders.

It is made up of young, vibrant people from different professional background coming together for the development of Badagry. (NAN)

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