Lagos - Several commercial drivers and motorcyclists have suspended their operations on the Jakande/Ijegun road in Ikotun/Igando local government area of Lagos state due to the deplorable state of the road.
The few commercial buses, tricycles and motorcycles plying the road,have increased their fares by 50 per cent, according to an investigation by the News Agency Nigeria (NAN).
Philip Dozie, a bus owner, who used to ply Ijeododo to CMS, told NAN that he was forced to change his route to Ikotun via Ejigbo, because of the bad state of the Jakande/Ijegun road.
"I have repaired my shock absorbers over two times this year because of the deep potholes on the water-logged road," he said.
A tricyclist, who identified himself as 'Baba Biodun' said he changed his tyres regularly because of the bad road.
A commercial motorcyclist, James Okolie told NAN that he was forced to increase his fare from N100 to N200 as a result of the water-logged road.
"No matter how much I collect from my passengers, it cannot make up for the problems the road poses to my bike. No day passes that I do not change a part of my motorcycle," he told NAN.
Mariam Alele, who resides in the area, said, "I use to relocate to my friend’s house in Surulere, every Monday, and return home on Fridays because of the deplorable condition of the road.
"I use to leave my house as early as 4.30 a.m. to get to my office in Lagos Island at 8:00 a.m. before I decided to be staying at a friend’s house from Monday to return home on Friday.''
Commenting, Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Obafemi Hamzat, said a link bridge was being constructed in the area.
He told newsmen on Sunday, however, that the pilling for the bridge on the 7.3-kilometre road, needed to be done carefully to guarantee safety.
"It is not speed of construction but the safety of the bridge that matters''.
NAN reports that the Jakande/Ijegun road, the scene of the 2008 pipeline explosion, had become a nightmare for the residents of the area.
The road is the only alternative route for commuters avoiding traffic congestion on the Ikotun to Cele/Oshodi expressway.