Nightmare on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, as Ogun promises palliative measures

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Sango-tollgate axis

As the rains set in, the Ogun State sections on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway have further degenerated, and now lead to gridlock at every hour of the day.

The potholes and craters are uncountable, and some are normally deep, most times threatening to swallow a vehicle.

These failed sections are prominent around Sango-Ota tollgate axis, Sango bus stop, Joju area, both inward and outward, and U-turn area at Veepee.

Others are Onihale, Ewekoro, Itori, and Brewery-Olomore axis among others.

Newsonthemove.com.ng had in July done a feature on the deplorable condition of the road and the Sango-Ota-Idiroko Expressway.

The deplorable condition of the roads had resulted in collateral damages to vehicles and led to accidents which had claimed lives.

Companies with factories in this axis had suffered untold losses as trucks and containers bearing their goods had falling, spilling their goods in the mud and flood.

Our correspondent spent over an hour in gridlock between Veepee and the Sango overheard bridge while returning to Lagos last Monday, which normally should be done under two minutes.

A journey to Abeokuta from Lagos that should be done under an hour, now takes close to three hours or more, depending on whether it rains or not.

A section of the road

Workers of a construction company, Julius Berger Plc are seen just parambulating around Owode-Iyana Ilogbo axis, for over two years now, without doing much work on the road.

Informed sources hinted that paucity of funds had resulted in the delay of the reconstruction of the road.

At times, they block a section of the road, further compounding the woes of motorists and commuters.

Contacted on the move by the state government to assuage the suffering of the motorists and residents of the state, the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Public Communications, Mr Remmy Hassan, said the state government and Lagos State Government have yet to get approval from the Federal Government to reconstruct the road.

He said the state governments had written a letter to the FG on their plan to take over the road and reconstruct it.

But he, however, promised that palliative measures would be done to assuage the pains of motorists and commuters on that road.

He said, “The initiative by the Ogun State and Lagos State to reconstruct the road through a letter written to the Federal Government has yet to be approved.

“But as you have brought the hardship suffered on that road by motorists and commuters to my notice, I will get in touch with the officials of the state Ministry of Works to carry palliative measures on the road.”

The Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege, has also expressed his displeasure over the condition of the road and the Sango-Ota-Idiroko Expressway.

Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone, he described the roads as deathtraps, and the monarch called on the Ogun State government to declare state of emergency on these roads.

He said, “I am not happy with condition of these roads, the roads have become deathtraps.

A section of the road

“Trucks and other container-laden vehicles had fallen on the roads, destroying goods and other valuables.

“I have called on the Ogun State Government to declare state of emergency on those roads.

“Each time I need to travel to Abeokuta, I can’t go through the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway through Ota, I use the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.”

Other residents too are not happy with the condition of the road. A transporter, Nurudeen Sanni, also bemoaned the deplorable condition of road, lamenting in Yoruba, “At times, I think the Federal Government has forgotten us in this part of country.

A section of the road

“See the condition of these Federal roads in Ogun. What about the Papa- Sagamu Road, they are all in terrible state.”

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