By: Best Ofori
Iju-Ajuwon-Akute road, Atan-Lusada-Agbara road, Ifo-Aro-Abeokuta road have so much in common. Apart from the fact that they are major arteries into Lagos and Ogun States, the roads also serve as major indusrial hub in south west Nigeria.
Despite the economic importance of these roads, its deplorable condition poses a nightmare to motorist and commuters who have to meander through the deadly potholes, grounding gorges and nerve breaking traffic snarl on a regular bases.
Apart from the debilitating effect to the health and welfare of commuters, valuable man-hours are lost on these roads as a result of its delapidated condition. Ajayi Omotunde, who works in ilupej-uOshodi area of Lagos, Laments how long he has been plying the Iju-Ajuwon road to his residence in Akute. He said “although it is odd getting used to something bad, we are getting used to it, some of us have been plying this road for years when you close from work at oshodi or ikeja at about 5p.m for example you are likely to get home at about 8pm at the latest. This has been my lot for sometimes now”.
The same is true of Agbara-Lusada Axis. A number of public and private vehicles plying that road get broken down on the way thereby compounding the plights of motorists and commutates.
The activities of articulated vehicles which inundate the entire length of that road does not help matters.
According to motorists and residents of Agbara-Lusada area, some of the big firms including multi-national organisations as well as religious groups have approached the Ogun state government for the rehabilitation of the road for tax rebate. But were turned down for undisclosed reasons. A journey from Agbara to Lusada that will ordinarily take twenty minutes, may go for more than an hour.
The Ifo-Aro-Abeokuta road with an approximate stretch of about 30kilometres is one of world’s example of a megalopolis .
With an estimated 18million people residing in Lagos metropolis and its environs, and well over a million vehicles on the roads Criss-Crossing Lagos and Ogun State, debilitating traffic congestion is inevitable.
Transportation is pivotal to the economic development of every society. It is worrisome, that the Ogun State government in particular is not looking seriously at the parlous state of these very important feeder roads and major links to the economic capital of the country.
It is also intriguing that the very rich as well as policy makers find it comfortable to drive on these roads in their multi-million Naira State –of – the art cars, without qualms.
By: Best Ofori