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Gridlock: Ikorodu residents send SOS to Lagos Government

Nigerians have continued to experience hardship on the Lagos-Ibadan road

The commuters attributed the traffic situation on the route to potholes at Itowolo-Ajegunle axis.

Some residents of Ikorodu, a surbub of Lagos, on Thursday appealed to the Lagos State Government to rescue them from the gridlock experienced daily on the Mile 12/Ikorodu axis.

The road is currently undergoing some expansion.

Some of the residents said that their appeal had become imperative because of the man-hours lost on the only access road to the area daily.

The commuters attributed the traffic situation on the route to potholes at Itowolo-Ajegunle axis that usually slowed down free-flow of vehicular movement.

Therefore, they appealed to both the contractor handling the project and the state government to alleviate the unnecessary suffering being experienced by helping to repair the bad portion of the road at Itowolo-Ajegunle.

The road users claimed that they spent about three hours daily to commute from Ikorodu to Mile 12, a journey that should ordinarily take about 30 minutes.

Benson Oyekhari, a banker, who resides in the area, described his experience on the road as hell on earth.

“I will leave my house at 5.30 a.m., yet I get to my place of work very late. It is saddening.

“A situation where it took over three hours to drive from Isawo Road to Surulere, almost every day, cannot be justified.

“What I observed is that on most occasions, after the bad portion of the road at Ajegunle, the traffic situation on the route becomes lighter,” he said.

Bunmi Martins, a business woman, observed that the gridlock becomes nightmarish whenever it rains.

“Each day, we face traffic on this road; it happens every day, even on Saturdays and Sundays, we spend most of our productive time in the traffic. It is worst when it rains.

“I detest going out whenever it rains because I know that the traffic situation will be bad and transport fares become highly exorbitant.

“Considering that we are at the verge of the rainy season, we implore the government and the contractor to repair the bad portion at Itowolo-Ajegunle, so as to make our passage easier,’’ she urged.

Wasiu Ejanla, a transporter, said that the traffic had compelled most of them to incur deficits in fuelling their vehicles.

“We normally use double of the fuel we budgeted for and that is why we increase the transport fare from N100 to N200, and at times, we even charge as much as N500,” he said.

Titilayo Agbabiaka, a civil servant residing in Ikorodu, said that the daily traffic had made it impossible for her to be able to make any savings.

“This traffic has almost made me to use up all my salary on transport, such that by the end of month, I am left with nothing,’’ she added.

(NAN)

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