Lokoja - After about five days of closure due to the severe flooding along the Abuja-Lokoja highway, the Federal Government Thursday announced the reopening of the road that was shut since Monday.
A statement in Abuja by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of Works, Mr Tony Ikpasaja, said the flooded portion of the Lokoja area, which led to the closure of the road, had been recovered through the joint efforts of Gitto, Julius Berger and RCC, three construction companies.
Works Minister, Mr. Mike Onolememen, during his visit to the flooded location last Monday, had promised Nigerians that the road would be safe for public use within 48 hours.
But beyond recovering the road, an alternative road has been provided to enable travellers to proceed on their journeys.
The spokesperson, Gitto Construction Company, Mr. Ajani Adeyemo, said that the de-flooding of the road would be completed yesterday night and that it would be usable from Friday.
Julius Berger and RCC construction companies were seen working on the road. Sand and stone had been deposited on the affected parts of the road, while earth moving vehicles were also on hand to finish the work by midnight.
But just as Lokoja was getting a reprieve, Lagos, which has hitherto been spared the menace of the ravaging flood, experienced over eight hours of continuous rainfall Thursday, triggering heavy flooding in some parts of the city.
The deluge of the rain in virtually all parts of Lagos State expectedly resulted in flooding which caused hardships to Lagosians, especially road users, as many of the metro roads and highways were taken over by the flood, resulting in long traffic snarl. Many highways such as the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway were almost completely cut off by the flood.
Other areas submerged by the downpour included Okota, Isolo, Jakande Estate, Ijora, Lekki, especially the Ibeju area, Victoria Island and some parts of Ikeja.
The rain, which started at about 3am, did not stop until Thursday afternoon. Motorists and pedestrians literally went through hell commuting within the metropolis. In order to forestall the loss of lives of schoolchildren as recorded in similar incidents in the past, some schools did not open for studies.