3rd May, 2011
Appeals have been made to the Lagos State government, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and Public Works Bureau by motorists, commuters and other road users, on urgent rehabilitation of Oke-Afa/Ikotun road.
Those that spoke with Lagos Bulletin expressed displeasure on the deplorable condition of the road, which, they say, is the main reason for traffic grid-lock that it is now identified with.
The road, it was learnt, has not witnessed any form of rehabilitation since it was constructed many years ago.
According to Mr. Jude Nwakwo, a resident of Egbe, â€œwe have been calling for the expansion of this road because of our population, but with the situation now, I think it should be rehabilitated and the expansion could follow later.
â€œBecause the road has gone bad to the extent that there is no day or time we donâ€™t experience go slow and this is because of its bad condition. We are appealing to our governor to save us from this situation.â€
Mr. Taiwo Asubiaro, a commuter vehicle driver plying the road, said it is because of the bad road that transport fare was recently increased and this, he said, was done to meet up their daily target because of the time they waste in traffic.
Asubiaro said the journey between Ikotun and Oshodi which is supposed to be less than 20 minutes is now covered in more than one hour and described the situation as terrible.
He said without the rehabilitation of the road, commuters would continue to face hard time and pay exorbitant fares to get to their destinations.
He called on the state government to help them out of the problem by rehabilitating the road so that both motorists and commuters could have stress-free movement at all times.
Apart from the bad state of the road that which as been identified as the main cause of traffic grid-lock in that axis, Asubiaro blamed some of the commuter vehicle drivers for not using designated bus stops to pick and drop passengers, while he also accused law enforcement agents of compromise.
Meanwhile, those that cannot afford to waste their time in the traffic caused by the bad road have resorted to the use of commercial motorcycles commonly called okada, at exorbitant rate as the operators charge as much as N300 to N400 for a journey from Mushin, Cele-Express and Iyana-Isolo to Ikotun.