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Respite for Ewokoro community as Lafarge reconstructs road


The reconstructed roadPHOTO: Ikechukwu Onyewuchi

The reconstructed road PHOTO: Ikechukwu Onyewuchi

RESIDENTS and indigenes of Ewokoro community in Ogun State have heaved a sigh of relief, following the re-construction and expansion of a bad portion of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway by Lafarge Cement.

The affected portion, which is a long stretch of about 300 metres in front of the company’s cement plant, was a cause for concern for road users and members of the community, as it was narrow, ridden with potholes and caused traffic gridlock due to the high volume of heavy-duty trucks plying the axis.

But succour came when the cement company picked the bill and expanded the road, patching bad portions and constructing an elaborate roundabout to serve the community and ease the gridlock.

When The Guardian visited the repaired road, there was free flow of traffic, as trucks eased into the park in a section of the plant. Road users said the re-constructed portion has aided commercial activities in the area because it has saved crucial manhour hitherto lost on the road.

An official of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), who pleaded anonymity, said the road construction has eased traffic and allowed for smooth passage of motorists at the Ewekoro section of the Lagos-Abeokuta Road, adding, “Since the completion of the road, we have experienced smooth flow of traffic here. A lot of the drivers passing here are happy at the state of the road. In fact, it is project that is long overdue.”

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