12th November, 2010
Commercial motorcyclists (Okada) and tricycle owners at Ajegunle, Olodi Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria have appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to repair the damaged Boundary Road to ease the difficulties currently being experienced on the road by them and commuters.
An Okada rider, Mr. Tayo Okeowo, explained that the roadÂ damaged their vehicles and caused avoidable accidents.
â€œWe are appealing to Governor Fashola to repair the road and save us from changing the spare parts of our vehicles frequently. Some government inspectors came last month and inspected the road but nothing has been done so far,â€ he said.
SomeÂ market women who spoke on the poor condition of the road attributed the high prices of their productsÂ to the high cost of transportation by vehicle owners who always blame it on the bad road.
One of the residents, Mr. Isaac Olaniyan, lamented the traffic gridlock usually experienced on the road every morning, describing it as hectic. â€œIt is always a do or die affair every morning whenever I am going to work. You will find motorists, tricycle and Okada riders struggling to overtake each other and avoid the terrible portions of the road,â€ he diclosed.
Olaniyan also revealed that some government officials from the state Ministry of Works had inspected the road and promised to make a case for the repair.
A car owner, Mrs. Grace Temitope, descibed the road as the worst in the area. She also blamed market women for narrowing the space for motorists through the display of their wares.
â€œNow that the road is damaged, they should be sent away. She appealed to the Chairman of Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area to evacuate the traders from the road.
Another resident who simply identified himself as Okafor called on politicians seeking political offices to come to the aid of residents by drawing governmentâ€™s attention to it.
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