Community Focus: Residents Build Makeshift Bridge To Ease Daily Commute

Residents of Unity Estate and Fadipe Pako Community in Lagos State, Nigeria use makeshift pedestrian bridges to get around. A visit to the community in the heart of Ogba in Lagos revealed this.

This pedestrian makeshift bridge links Unity Estate in Ojodu area of Lagos to Fadipe Street Oke-Ira another community in the state. It serves as a short-cut to both communities.

A few minutes trip by car or motorbike from both communities will take you to  Ogba-Ijaye in Lagos, one of the developed communities in Lagos,Nigeria’s commercial nerve center. Pedestrians who do not live in the community have to pay N20.00 (per trip) before they are allowed to pass through. A post has been stationed across each side of the bridge, with appointed members of the community employed to collect the fees from bridge users.

A member of the community who does not want his name to be mentioned told Rural Reporters that the money generated from this cause is used to maintain the bridge.

Although this bridge is considerably safe to pass, a better and more dependable structure will guarantee the safety of commuters especially children who are the most vulnerable members of the community.

Busayo Sotunde is a prolific writer with special focus on Business, Entrepreneurship, Reproductive Health and other development issues in Africa. Her articles have been published by different outlets including Investing Port and Ventures-Africa.com. She has a penchant for reading and sustainable development. Follow Busayo on Twitter @BusayomiSotunde