Silence on Oshodi-Apapa gridlock


FOR some weeks now, driving through the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway has been a huge nightmare to motorists and road users alike because of the enervating gridlock caused by two craters under the Toyota bridge adjacent DHL head office. The traffic that builds up daily from motorists attempting to navigate the craters and flooded portions of the road often stretches to Charity Bus stop in Oshodi is better imagined than experienced.

There have been reports of hoodlums taking advantage of the gridlock to rob hapless road users while some have had their vehicles damaged by unknowingly running into the ditches on the road. This is unbecoming of a mega city state.

Does it mean the Lagos State Government is not aware of the crippling gridlock on the road caused by the ditches that it would not have taken much resources to fill before they degenerated to these life threatening craters? Or, why has the Federal Road Maintenance Agency maintained a criminal silence towards the failed portions on that road? A few metres away on the same road, this time on the Iyana Itire end, one is confronted with another deep crater that can swallow a vehicle. Yet, the government makes huge revenue from the ports and other business concerns on that stretch of road.

This is to appeal to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to direct his men to do some urgent palliative work on those failed portions of the road that have caused untold pains and agony to Lagosians and other road users.

A government should at all times be responsive to the needs of the people it purports to govern. The silence on the ditches on the Apapa expressway is criminal and despicable. The ditches are an open sore to the Ambode government as well as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who incidentally is the immediate past governor of the state. They should be filled without further delay.

– Sept. 13, 2018 @ 10:15 GMT |

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