Motorists and residents decry ‘shameful condition’ of Lagos-Abeokuta expressway
Motorists commuting Lagos-Abeokuta expressway and some residents around the area have expressed their concern over the deplorable condition of the road.
In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) earlier this week, the road users lamented that the bad condition of the road had claimed many lives and loss of materials.
According to the road users, several productive hours were being lost due to the bad road aside from the death toll being recorded on a daily basis.
A commercial driver, Mr Seun Jaiyeola, who spoke with NAN at Kola Bus Stop along the highway said the features qualifying the road as an highway has been lost.
“I am a daily user of this road, I carry passengers from toll gate to Oshodi, running few trips every day. The condition of this particular Kola Bus Stop is very bad and dangerous, Jaiyeola said according to Vanguard.
“Apart from the heavy traffic that we experience, big lorries and containers fall here, most times. The poor condition of the road has reduced the number of trips we run daily.
“We are begging Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos and Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun to do something about this road as fast as they can, even though it is a Federal Road. Both Lagos and Ogun sections are bad.’’
Another commercial driver, Mr Ismail Kolawole, said the bad condition of the road is partly responsible for the increase in fares between Toll Gate and Agege, Toll Gate and Iyana-Ipaja as well as Ikeja and Oshodi. He therefore urged both the Lagos and Ogun State Governments to collaborate and declare a state of emergency on the road.
Mr Titus Oyedeji, a private car owner residing at Obasanjo in Ogun State lamented that he road had failed completely and required urgent attention.
“The question I ask myself daily is why should the government allow a road get to this kind of condition. It is really sad.
“Each day we go through hell here. The road condition has continued to damage vehicles each day.
“As if this is not enough, when we get to Ojuoore-Odiroko road, it is another nightmare.
“You will spend long hours and have one or two things to fix in your cars everyday. Few days ago, my exhaust pipe pulled out because of this road”.
The interviewee all agreed that the road needs total repair and urged both governments to give prompt attention to the road because the condition of the road is subjecting the users to serious suffering and hardship, and huge profit loss to traders.
An egg trader at the Toll Gate, Mr Taiwo Lawal bemoaned that huge losses were being recorded on a daily basis because of the road.
“This road is terrible. Apart from spending several hours, it spoils cars because of the deep potholes everywhere, Lawal said.
“If you carry 300 crates of eggs, be sure that no fewer than 30 to 50 crates will either crack or break before getting to the toll gate. We want the government to help us.”