By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Before now, Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos State, was always in the news because of the dreadful acts of the notorious Badoo cult group, which invaded residents’ homes and use pestle to smash victims’ heads to death.
But a foremost security outfit, Halogen Security Company Limited, has said the deplorable state of roads in the developing town is deadlier than the Badoo cult group.
As a result, the firm has appealed to federal government to urgently come to the rescue of residents in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
According to the organization, the traumatic experience of commuters on the Ikorodu-Shagamu road on a daily basis, coupled with the social problems they’ve had to endure in recent times were too much to bear.
“I think it is high time the government recognized the extreme risks commuters on the Ikorodu-Shagamu road are exposed to and act immediately.
“It is now commonplace for thieves, kidnappers, rapists and other criminal elements to lodge themselves in the worst portions of the roads where all vehicles practically come to a halt and carry out their nefarious activities especially at night.
“I cannot but agree with those who call that road a death trap. I dare say that the Ikorodu road at the moment is deadlier than the Badoo cultists that ravaged the communities a few months ago, Managing Director of Halogen, Mr Wale Olaoye, disclosed in a statement issued in Lagos on Monday.
Mr Olaoye lamented the fact that besides the dire security risks, the bad roads affect in no small way, the economic conditions in that axis.
“Commercial activity will suffer there because goods and services will be in short supply leading to price increases in virtually all consumer items.
“Vehicle owners cannot use their vehicles optimally as the many potholes and detours mean that vehicles keep breaking down and they end up at mechanics’ workshop at the end of most journey.
“The implication of this is that commuters plying that road are exposed to safety risk, health risk and their livelihood is also affected,” he said.
The security expert further emphasized that the presence of a number of federal and state institutions on the road, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), 174 Battalion Army Barracks, the Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) and many others, including major industrial companies explains the high density of vehicular movement on the road with associated security and enterprise risks.
Mr Olaoye advised the government to set up a think tank to develop a national security and enterprise risk policy to guide with short – and long-term strategies for improving the safety and security of the nation’s assets and its people.
“We can have a formula that looks at the management of our infrastructure from three perspectives. First is ‘Natural Events’ (Potential Disasters) such as flooding etc. Here we can analyse its frequency and severity based on actuarial data and it can be mitigated through sensors, design, and response.
“Next is what we call ‘Unintentional Events’ (Failures, Incidents). This can be gauged also by its frequency and severity based on experience and it can be managed through design, training, and response.
“The third perspective is that of ‘Intentional Attacks’ (Acts of sabotage, Vandalism). Here the frequency and severity is difficult to predict but it still can be mitigated through security, design, and response.
“Dilapidated roads affect both security and performance of a transportation system. There are a number of rehabilitation techniques that can both reduce the rate of aging of a structure and in turn, improve their security.
“We can utilize technology that would undoubtedly improve the government’s ability to effectively analyse its infrastructural assets and allocate resources to those that are most vulnerable,” Mr Olaoye submitted.
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