Pedestrians Abandon Footbridge


Pedestrians have again abandoned the foot bridge and resorted to dashing across the  expressway and rail line at Oshodi.

Sometime ago when P.M.NEWS reported  this same issue, officials of the concerned  ministry immediately swung  into action to restore sanity to Oshodi  bus stop, but  the same recalcitrant kombi bus (danfo) drivers have returned to the major road,  loading and discharging  passengers near the damaged fence.

Concerned Lagosians have expressed surprise that the fence, deliberately damaged by  the commuter bus drivers, has not been repaired till date.

This, they said, has allowed predestrians who had hitherto used the footbridge to  abandon it  dash across the road and railway line, constituting a nuisance to  motorists and other road users and in the process, defacing  the present Oshodi bus  stop.

Some of those who spoke with P.M.NEWS called on Governor Babatunde Fashola to direct  the Ministry of the Environment to do their own job of sustaining the zero tolerance  to environmental nuisance at Oshodi bus stop and fix the damaged fence without  delay. They added that  the Ministry of Transportation had done their job of  disloging the drivers from the major road.

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According to Okechukwu Okoli, a trader, “the demolition of Oshodi bus stop and its  subsequent beautification has come to stay. I was one of those affected and we  thought the demolition of Oshodi was to punish people unnecessarily, but it was  later we realised that it was for the betterment of everybody.”

“Now, what does it take the Lagos State Government to repair the damaged fence to  stop these pedestrians from bringing shame to Oshodi bus stop again?” he asked.

“We are not going to keep quiet until the fence is fixed because we are proud of the  present Oshodi bus stop,” Okoli stated.

—Paul Iyoghojie

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