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Rain halts vehicular activities in Lagos

25 January 2013, 09:03

Lagos - The heavy rainfall of Wednesday has halted vehicular and human movement at Ikorodu in Lagos and residents now resort to walking long distances on the muddy roads.

Some residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, lamented that the popular Obafemi Awolowo road in Ikorodu had become a nightmare because of its slippery surface.

NAN reports that erosion had washed away part of the road spanning about two kilometres, thus making it muddy and slippery when it rains.

The road project, which was meant to ease the perennial traffic, was contracted in 2010 and was meant to be completed before Dec. 2012.

NAN recalls that Gov Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State had, while inspecting the road on Jan. 15, revoked the contract for the project, citing incompetence on the part of the contractor.

Shakirat Binukonu, a trader, lamented the suffering that people were facing on the road.

``This suffering is too much. I walked from Erunwen to Grammar School Junction because motorcycles, which many of us on this route rely on, were slipping and injuring people because of the road.

``Taxis and tricycles operators avoid this route once it rains, claiming that the bad condition of the road will spoil their automobiles,’’ she said.

She urged the government to speed up the rehabilitation of the road, so as to reduce the suffering of the people.

Alhaji Gafar Jimoh, a businessman, said that his car skidded off the road twice because of its slippery nature.

``As it is, I cannot continue to ply the route to my shop because of the bad state of the road.

``The government must do something urgently on this road before the rainy season peaks", he said.

Mr Innocent Adeleke, a banker, said that life had become unbearable in the area because of the bad condition of the road.

``Initially, we were complaining about the dusty road that had given many residents cough, Asthma and other ailments.

``What we are experiencing now is worst. Many people have fallen off motorcycles and had been taken to various hospitals, while cars and buses have collided while attempting to avoid potholes,’’ he said.

The banker lamented that people were walking long distances because commercial vehicle operators were avoiding the route.

``This is unfair, unjust and intolerable. We are tax payers and we expect the best from the government,’’ he said.



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