By Emmanuel Elebeke
LAGOS — Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, has condemned the snail speed at which Julius Berger was undertaking repair of dilapidated Apapa-Oshodi expressway, in Lagos.
The group noted that the construction company was deliberately making life difficult for road users, by the way it was handling the construction work.
It also faulted the Federal and Lagos State Governments for abandoning the road, until it became a source of misery for Lagosians.
Chairman of CACOL, Mr Debo Adeniran, berated Julius Berger for displaying unseriousness towards the road, which leads to the nation’s busiest seaport, adding that while the construction company was supposed to work 24 hours on the road, and mostly at night, as is the practice in developed societies, it chose to work during the day and when traffic is heaviest.
Adeniran said, “the unmotorable state of most link roads on Oshodi/Apapa expressway, made the exit routs difficult from the expressway, thereby congesting the road with so much vehicles, which exert too much pressure on the road, resulting in the worn out state of the expressway.”
“The contractor had shown lack of commitment by refusing to work 24 hours a day to fast track the construction and reduce peoples’ suffering, as it is the case in other countries.
“The electorates have not in any way enjoyed the dividends of democracy promised them by the elected few. One would remember the politicians in their bid to secure the electorate votes, had promised building new infrastructures and maintain the few existing ones.
“Such, however, turned out the other way round as the elected leaders now exhibit a dangerous compromising attitude to the pitiable condition of Oshodi-Apapa Road. Motorist and road users are usually confronted with grid locks, potholes, craters and overwhelming flood, all which could be avoided.
Lots of man-hour that should have been devoted into productiveness are wasted on the road, lots of damages are incurred on the vehicles because of the pitiable state of the road, lives and limbs can not be excluded from the numerous lost occurring on a daily basis on the road,” he added.