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Lagos residents want speedy completion of road project

By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Residents and road users along Ikotun-Egbeda Road, have cried out to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, to ensure speedy completion of the ongoing road rehabilitation project, as people plying the road daily go through harrowing time, as a result of the project.

The call became necessary following Tuesday’s downpour in the area, which left motorists stranded for hours in traffic.

Some residents who spoke to Vanguard, accused the contractor  handling the project of careless attitude to the work, as the job was being dragged on unnecessary.

Mr. Emmanuel Andrew, a regular user of the road, while narrating his plight, said the unnecessary man-hours loss to traffic was unquantifiable.

He appealed for quick intervention from the state government because the rainfall has started.

The road has also been taken over by road hawkers, who have seized the opportunity to sell their wares to tired passers-by.

The Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, scheme along the area is said to be suffering as the turn around operation had been drastically reduced.

Motorists blame the chaotic traffic situation on some residents, who have put all the streets under lock and key thereby preventing drivers from gaining access to alternative routes.

They also urged the state government to deploy men of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority, LASTMA, to the area to assist in the management of traffic because lawless drivers, especially commercial drivers, were taking advantage of the situation to be unruly.

However, when Vanguard contacted the Special Adviser to Governor Fashola on Works and Infrastructure, Engr Ganiyu Johnson, he urged the residents to be patience and cooperate with the contractor.

According to him, every thing is being done to ensure completion of work within the six months duration.

Johnson noted that for any development to take place, there must be time for endurance and sacrifice, saying the road project is for the good of the residents and general public.


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