Few days after InsideMainland reported the dilapidated state of the link road between Gbagada – Oworonshoki and New Garage – Jolad end of Bariga community, Lagos Mainland, the Akinwunmi Ambode government has directly responded to the eye opener.
Recall that InsideMainland reported the hardship faced by residents, business owners and motorists who ply the route to access their various destinations.
Presently, the link road which had developed a huge ditch right in the middle has gotten the attention of the government with the officials of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) working on fixing the road.
When InsideMainland visited the spot today, construction workers of the LSPWC were seen filling and grading the ditch with granite. This was after the workers had cleared the blocked drainage which had led to water spilling on the road.
Speaking to InsideMainland, an official of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) who doesn’t want to be named said “although the road is a Federal road, the government is keen to promptly attend to the cries of the residents who are taxpayers.”
He continued that: “As you can see, we need to fill the ditch, grade it properly, before we can then bring asphalt to finish it up properly. It is important that we do it this way with the pathway to the drainage channel carefully marked out to prevent the road going bad again.”
When asked on the duration of completion of the project, the site engineer told InsideMainland that “all thing being equal, the project shouldn’t take long. If we get all the required materials here in due time, the work should be completed before the week runs out.”
The site engineer, however, thanked some drivers who ply the Gbagada – Oshodi route for their prompt action adding that they were seen on the site filling the ditch with broken stones before the LSPWC officials arrived the site.
One of the drivers who identified himself simply as Benjy said they decided to fill the ditch prior to government intervention was to reduce the stress faced by their colleagues while plying the route.
“The wahala to pass the place was too much for us (commercial drivers). That was why we came here to fill the space. The government officials were however appreciative of our efforts,” he said.
See some photos of the ongoing repair works below.