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Opinion: A rough day on Lagos roads

It was movement crisis yesterday afternoon on Badagry express to Orile enroute Ajah axis. It was unbelievably sluggish as various flashpoints precipitated traffic. It took up to 4hours getting to destination on the Ajah axis. I was late for appointment by 2hours. Coming back was more problematic. From Mobil Unlimited to Falomo ascent took upward of 4hours. Thinking that perhaps there was road blockade or something, I couldn’t believe as I was finally ‘librated’ past the junction. Enquiry showed that it was a normal thing for commuters on the route to be held in Falomo junction traffic for that long, reason being that those climbing the Falomo link bridge would take the whole lanes forcing other road users to move at their pace.

Question: Is it not possible to demarcate the Ozumba Mbadiwe from 1004 point to the junction? This could ensure that those driving straight towards Bonny Camp are not such adversely affected by the Falomo bound traffic.

Costain area yesterday night recorded a sea of passengers. I imagined that fewer commercial vehicles were passing by because of the back traffic. Yet from Orile to Alakija was something else. I never saw before yesterday, this multitude clustered at Bus Stops and standing by the roadside up to my branching off at Alakija- all waiting for commercial buses heading to their destinations. I understood that no bus driver agreed to venture up to Abuleado. So how would our Lagosians get home? Did those living beyond Abuleado manage to get home yesterday? How? A miracle! No thanks to tankers, flooding and bad road on an international Nigeria-Benin road.

Question- Is it not possible for Lagos State government to cry to the Federal government to come and take up its responsibility on that international road? Emergency and permanent solution is needed as we are entering into rainy season proper.

On old Ojo road From Alakija- Abuleado was not different. Here reminded one of Apapa experience from mile 2. Tankers are parked on both sides of the road and you have just a narrow gap in between, those on bikes would run a risk of being driven under the tankers bound to Satellite Town/Ijegun Egba tankfarms. I could imagine, as I confirmed later that various other road users were hemmed in and trapped between the tankers, trying to snail through a mortally damaged road. What a risk!

Reversing to pass through the very bad Navy road became an option as I continued roughening through each pool of flood water, large potholes and tyre bursting stones which donned all through the Close road; I imagined and did see the largest flood pools on Mumuni Adio Badmos/Marwa Road, I imagined and confirmed that the entire Satellite community is down again, lying prostrate, crippled by the downpour from the Skies, because as have been said severally, the Tankfarms have blocked the natural water channels- and the community grieves and suffers. Tankfarms in a residential area.

Question: should the State look back to save its people?

What a day on Lagos Roads!!

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