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Motorists upset over poor Apapa/Oshodi expressway


A section of the road    PHOTO: PAUL ADUNWOKE

A section of the road PHOTO: PAUL ADUNWOKE

Motorists plying the Apapa/Oshodi expressway have voiced displeasure over the poor state of the road, with several failed spots forcing commuters to waste precious time. The situation is also posing great risk to life, as container-laden trucks often topple.

The dreaded spots can be found at Iyana-Itire, Ilasa, Sadiku, and Iyana-Isolo bus stops. Many vehicles have simply abandoned these places, preferring to drive on the service lanes. But sections of the service lanes are also beginning to fail due to the pressure.

The motorists called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to come to their aid immediately.

They regretted that the state of the roads is causing preventable damage to their vehicles, adding that the situation becomes worse whenever rain falls.

A commercial bus driver on the Mile2/Oshodi route, Kazeem Alaba, described the road as very bad, saying he is considering switching to another route. He complained that the resultant gridlock negatively affects his daily income, especially with the high cost of procuring fuel.

“‘The Federal Government has not emphasised maintenance of the Oshodi/Apapa expressway. The critical element of the maintenance required is the storm water channels, which are non-existent. The drainages that were provided for the roads have become inadequate and there has not been an expansion programme.

“Most channels on both sides of the highway are heavily silted. This has led to diversion of water to the road surface, causing damage to the road. There should be regular maintenance and clearing of drains and resurfacing,” said Alaba.

One resident, Oluwasegun Kosoko, said two containers fell off at the same spot, last week, and that despite this, the government and its agencies have not seen reason to effect repairs. Kosoko, who recalled that officials of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) used to carry out minor repairs on failed spots, wondered why this has stopped.

A civil servant, Mr. Ogunbiyi Taiwo, said: “In the past, we used to hear of potholes. But today, they have become trenches. The state of the Apapa/Oshodi expressway is of huge concern to us. I implore the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to fix the road at the earliest possible and save Nigerians the daily trauma.”

Kayode Owolabi on his part, noted: “The bad spots on the expressway is one of the reasons Nigerians desperately seek an end to the stand-off over the 2016 budget, so that the President Buhari administration can start working and stop blaming the last government.”

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