Lagos – Abeokuta road commuters lament delay on road/BRT lane construction

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By Idris Bakare

Passengers plying through Lagos-Abeokuta express way are lamenting the Lagos state government delay in the construction of BRT lane linking Abule- Egba.

The multibillion Naira project has increased motorists and passengers’ hardship daily.

Whenever it rains in Lagos, residents are thrown into panic, as the already deplorable roads become almost impassable.

Some of the areas where construction of road and BRT lane cause inconvenience for commuters include Orile -Agege, Ile-Zik, Agbado -Okeodo Abeokuta Expressway, Amuwo-Odofin, among others.

Between Abule-Egba and Iyana Ipaja, the gridlock gets chaotic as vehicles from Sango, Ijaye and others heading toward Oshodi struggle to enter the narrow lanes.

Road Safety and LASTMA officials are not helping matters, as they do not do their work as they should, but rather look for motorists to extort and worsen the traffic situation.

Investigation by our correspondent shows that the N22.38 billion Lagos – Abeokuta express way was flagged up by federal government, on May 14, 2018, including the BRT road being constructed by Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA).

Some commuters, who spoke with Nigerian NewsDirect during the week expressed disappointment as the project is taking much time to be completed.

A commuter, who identified himself simply as Funso, lamented the delay in construction, expressing that gridlock often lasted for several hours, with the traffic stretching from Toll-gate to Oshodi on the ever-busy Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

He said from Oshodi to Iyana Ipaja, the traffic congestion is very bad and had over time become a nightmare to both commuters and motorists who ply the road daily.

“Imagine how long it takes one to get to the office and back home every day with all the suffering,” he mourns.

Mrs. Bunmi Akinlade, a road user, complained about the loss of man hour on the road.

She said that “I have been on this spot for more than two hours and losing so much valuable time because of the work here.

“It would be more effective if the construction company can devise means to effectively control the traffic while they continue their work,” she said.

Another commuter, Thomas Blessing lamented that she and her entire family go through hell to and from school and work with no solution in sight.

“Expanding this road is a good idea but the suffering is becoming unbearable, even when we leave home early we still experience the go slow.

“The construction company and the Lagos State Government should take urgent steps to stop this suffering,” she said.

However, commuters have called on the Federal Government to mount pressure on the contractor handling the project to speed up work on the road to alleviate the suffering of the people.

Meanwhile, effort to identify the contracting company and the management handling the project proved abortive as workers interviewed refused to disclose the identity of the company.