Nollywood actor turned lawmaker, Desmond Elliot, has cleared the air on the construction of a wooden bridge, aka “pako bridge,” for his constituents.
Recall that the lawmaker representing Surulere I Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly came under heavy fire in 2020 after photos of the bridge surfaced online.
He was heavily criticized for building a wooden bridge and public toilets for his constituents.
Speaking in a recent interview on TVC’s popular breakfast show, Your View, Desmond Elliot revealed the idea behind the wooden bridge project.
According to him, he had gone to the area to console a mother who had lost her 13-year-old daughter in a canal.
He said while on their way to Shitta to retrieve the girl’s body, the bridge that crossed the canal was very fragile, and the residents begged him to help them rebuild it.
He disclosed that he donated N800,000 to the community for the bridge, and that they eventually reached out to him and insisted on putting his picture on the bridge to show their gratitude.
Speaking further, Desmond noted that the bridge is no longer in good condition and that he has brought it to the attention of the state government to be repaired.
Watch him speak below,