It is to be expected that, as a community or society moves up the ladder of modernization, certain social problems associated with that level of modernization were bound to emerge. The problems that plagued Ikorodu today were those societal problems associated with rapid urbanization. Ikorodu is a fast growing satellite city of the greater Lagos metropolis. There is a very high rate of unemployment especially amongst young school leavers and graduates. “The devil, of course, it is said, find jobs for the idle hands”. The Ikorodu Industrial sector capacity cannot absorb the unemployed youths in the community. The fact that Ikorodu is now cosmopolitan with a mixed grill of persons from all over West African sub region, it makes competition for the few jobs available keener. Experience has also shown that many of these young people are not enterprising and competitive.
The orientation of parents have become paramount, with regards to the monitoring of their children’s social, educational and religious preparations for responsible adulthood. Our tomorrow will be a product of our today. The responsibility for the proper upbringing of children should not be abdicated to the Teachers only.
Drug abuse is another area of concern in Ikorodu, where higher incidences had been recorded. We cannot expect our children to be immured to events happening in metropolitan Lagos. Our society at large, therefore, has a duty to educate the youngest ones on the dangers of drug abuse. Governments at every levels in Nigeria, are already investing lot of resources to check the spread of drug abuse. Individual parents have a crucial role to play too.
Ikorodu is continuing to experience daily influx of people from metropolitan Lagos; naturally, people are looking for more accommodating and welcoming environment, while the Ikorodu of today provides that alternative, its growth has hastened with the completion of the dualisation of the Owode-Onirin / Ikorodu segment of the Lagos Ikorodu Road.
The impact of the continuing influx of people to Ikorodu had brought its transportation challenges; however, the Ikorodu local Government has gone into the lead to provide inter-city and inter-village transport service. Vehicles from other Local Governments in the State also assisted by plying the Lagos – Ikorodu route. The State government’s jubilee line that has been put in place offers tremendously help in alleviating the people’s transportation problems, in spite of all these efforts, there is the need for more decisive approach to these problems.