Broken. Failed. Terrible. Ruined. Deteriorated. There are many more words that describe the sorry state of most Lagos roads which consequently leads to hours of traffic jam all over the state.
When it rains, Lagos roads are in a complete mess. Smooth passage of vehicles is stalled as motorists wade through the flooded roads and streets making the experience more grinding, making matters worse. Motorcycles are not spared in the horror of commuting on Lagos roads.
There’s hardly any Local Government in Lagos Mainland without a signature terrible road. The Lagos-Badagry expressway is a disaster and respite is yet to come to motorists who ply that axis. Across major Lagos Mainland communities like Ijegun, Somolu, Abaranje, Egbeda, Ikorodu, Ikotun, Ogba, Iyana-Ejigbo, Akoka, Isolo among others, the roads are in a deplorable state with growing calls for the governor to fix them.
Following a cash gift of $115,000 (N41.4million) by Mr. Sanwo-Olu to the Super Eagles for their Round of 16 3-2 victory over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, an amount the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed was from his personal purse, there have been criticisms from concerned residents saying that the money should have been used to fix some of the dilapidated roads that dot the city.
Reacting, a twitter user, Adefemi Fagboro, said: “Why not use this money to fix major road in Lagos? I think that would enhance your administration.”
“Please, this governor should start mending Lagos roads lest they start making a mockery of his administration. Whether he gave money from government purse to the super eagles or his own personal pocket. FIX our roads period,” another resident, John Oyinda, said.
One of the Lagos State gubernatorial candidates in the 2019 general elections, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, who condemned the harassment of motorists who drive against traffic owing to terrible roads also urged the state government to fix bad roads.
“Unless your plan is to simply milk hapless Lagosians by punishing them for UNAVOIDABLE traffic violations due to BAD roads, if your government is sincere, you should FIX THE ROADS FIRST! That, above exploitation, should be the priority of a responsible government. #FixLagosRoads,” Gbadamosi said in a tweet.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Obafemi Hamzat, ahead of the March 9 gubernatorial election, had unveiled their development agenda for the state.
Tagged Project THEME, the five pillars of development is expected to focus on traffic and transportation, health and the environment, education and technology, “making Lagos a 21st-century economy”, as well as entertainment and tourism, among others.
Unfolding their plans, both Messrs Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat who jointly spoke to a cross-section of the audience at a private event centre in the state capital, said THEME as a strategy was conceived after wide consultations with all stakeholders on the challenges and the future of Lagos State.
“We didn’t just prepare the THEME documents in our bedrooms or in one hotel or inside a board room,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.
“The documents came from our numerous engagements with the people of Lagos State, telling us what their needs are and the immediate intervention they require on any challenge.”
Worthy of note is that the first item on the governor’s pre-election agenda is the T which stands for Traffic and Transportation lending credence to assertions that it is the most pressing need of Lagosians. Road users have been struggling with unending traffic jam for ages such that business minds have now leveraged this perennial socio-economic challenge to launch motorcycle-hailing services to help commuters zap through stalled traffic.