Horror! Horror!!… Shagamu-Ogijo-Mosinmi-Ikorodu road story
Commuters on the 25-kilometre Shagamu-Ogijo-Mosinmi-Ikorodu Road have tasked the lawmakers representing Lagos and Ogun East, as well as the Ministry of Works to rehabilitate the road to prevent accidents along the axis and save lives.
They pleaded with the Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Babatunde Fashola, to do something urgent and concrete about re-fixing Shagamu-Ogijo-Mosinmi-Ikorodu , adding that the deplorable state of the road deserves to be given a top priority considering its significance to the nation as a major link road and alternative route to the congested Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Of concern too is the fact that many government and private institutions such as the Lagos State Polytechnic, Waste to Wealth Fertilizer Company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot at Mosimi, Lafarge Cement Wapco Nigeria Plc, several metal melting and making companies, are located along the road, which stretches from Ikorodu to Shagamu.
It is a tough task estimating the number of articulated and heavy-duty trucks plying the road daily, as the area is a busy spot for commercial and industrial activities, yet the road is left to rot away.
Angry motorists disclosed to The Guardian that the journey from Ikorodu to Ogijo, which ordinarily should not be more than 10 minutes, takes about an hour to link up with the Lagos-Ore-Benin Road.
The Chief Operating Officer (CEO), African Industries Group, located at Ogijo, Lagos, Mr. Sanjay Kumar, also lamented the poor state of the road and how it impinges on their business. He said it has made movement of raw materials and finished products a herculean task for the firm, their suppliers and distributors.
Meanwhile, the Senator representing Ogun East in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu, has assured Nigerians of his determination to collaborate with other lawmakers to ensure that priority is given for the rehabilitation of the road.
Kashamu, who attested to the deplorable state of the road and the number of causalities recorded along the axis daily, said: “It is lamentable that such a vital road, which plays significant role in the nation’s transportation economy and inter-state connectivity could have been so neglected to become death trap.”
While sympathising with commuters for what they usually go through, Kashamu, who is also a member of the Senate Committee on Works, said: “One good thing is that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Works has indicated interest to give the road a priority. We will continue to interact with the executive on the need to expedite action because of the general interest of Nigerians.”