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Motorists call for speedy gas pipes relocation, pothole repair at Jibowu crossing


Jibowu. Photo: OUTDOOR

Motorists and road users plying the Jibowu railway crossing are already counting down to the next two weeks, precisely on August 29, when the one-month partial closure of the Jibowu Crossing would have elapsed.

The Lagos State government had on July 30, announced that a section of the Jibowu Crossing will be closed for 30 days from July 31 to August 29, for the relocation of gas pipes situated close to the perimeter of the rail line.

In a statement by the state Ministry of Transportation noted that the closure and relocation work on the gas pipeline would affect the free flow of traffic around the corridor and therefore advised motorists to avoid the area and for those who cannot completely ignore the corridor, to obey officers assigned to manage traffic during the period.


With two weeks gone, road users are looking forward to the speedy completion of the repair works ahead of schedule to lessen the traffic nightmare at peak periods in the area, while calling attention on the government to fix the potholes at the Jibowu T-junction, Yaba.

According to a resident, Mr. Bola Ajayi, the traffic caused by the rail-crossing reconstruction is worsened by the potholes on the left side of the road. “The Jibowu pothole is so bad that vehicles going towards Mushin and Ojuelegba are always stuck in traffic and it is worsening by the day with the rains.”

Another motorist, who simply identified himself as Obinna said activities of Vehicle Inspection Officers who are daily in the area to stop and check vehicle particulars between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. contribute to the hectic gridlock.

“Usually, some of these commercial buses in order to avoid being checked would disembark their passengers a few meters to the spot and then push the vehicle pass the checkpoint, pretending to be pushing a broken down vehicle away from the road. Once they push past the checkpoint, the vehicle begins working and passengers enter to continue on their journey. This also contributes to the congestion on the road now narrowed to just a lane,” he said.

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