26th October, 2010
Pedestrians have again abandoned the foot bridge and resorted to dashing across theÂ expressway and rail line at Oshodi.
Sometime ago when P.M.NEWS reportedÂ this same issue, officials of the concernedÂ ministry immediately swungÂ into action to restore sanity to OshodiÂ bus stop, butÂ the same recalcitrant kombi bus (danfo) drivers have returned to the major road,Â loading and dischargingÂ passengers near the damaged fence.
Concerned Lagosians have expressed surprise that the fence, deliberately damaged byÂ the commuter bus drivers, has not been repaired till date.
This, they said, has allowed predestrians who had hitherto used the footbridge toÂ abandon itÂ dash across the road and railway line, constituting a nuisance toÂ motorists and other road users and in the process, defacingÂ the present Oshodi busÂ stop.
Some of those who spoke with P.M.NEWS called on Governor Babatunde Fashola to directÂ the Ministry of the Environment to do their own job of sustaining the zero toleranceÂ to environmental nuisance at Oshodi bus stop and fix the damaged fence withoutÂ delay. They added thatÂ the Ministry of Transportation had done their job ofÂ disloging the drivers from the major road.
According to Okechukwu Okoli, a trader, â€œthe demolition of Oshodi bus stop and itsÂ subsequent beautification has come to stay. I was one of those affected and weÂ thought the demolition of Oshodi was to punish people unnecessarily, but it wasÂ 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 toÂ stop these pedestrians from bringing shame to Oshodi bus stop again?” he asked.
â€œWe are not going to keep quiet until the fence is fixed because we are proud of theÂ present Oshodi bus stop,â€ Okoli stated.