BY Oyinloluwa Akeredolu
LAGOS — Apparently overwhelmed by the unending traffic gridlock on Ikotun-Ejigbo–Ago Palace way-Cele Express Road, residents of the area have appealed to Governor Babatunde Fashola to find a lasting solution to the menace by constructing new roads and rehabilitating the bad ones.
The residents who spoke under the aegis of Traumatised Residents of Alimosho Local Government, TRALOG, said they were tired of government’s unfulfilled promises to fix both local government and state roads in the area.
Chairman of TRALOG, Chief Ishola Ibidun, said residents of Ejigbo, Jakande Estate, Okota, Ijegun, Ikotun and Idimu, who ply the roads to the city centres to transact their daily businesses “literally pass through hell as those in power only remember us when they need our votes.”
He said it took about four hours for anybody in Ikotun or Ijegun to make a journey to Lagos Island on daily basis because of the poor condition of the roads.
According to Ibidun, if the roads were motorable, such journeys would ordinarily last for less than 25 minutes.
However, investigation by Vanguard showed that the new Ijegun-Jakande Estate Road, for which contract was awarded by the Fashola’s administration, had been abandoned after the contractors excavated sands at various portions of the road, thus creating several gullies, which make traffic slow and clumsy.
Also, the old Ijegun-Ikotun-Ejigbo-Jakande-Ago Road has completely deteriorated as there are several ditches where cars and other vehicles “must swim in and out of water” before making it to Ikotun roundabout to begin another round of “break-dance” that would take them to Jakande Estate.
According to our investigations, the worst part is a portion between Ikotun to NNPC and Jakande area, while the Liasu Road axis, Egbe had remained in a terrible state of disrepair.
A resident of the area, Mrs Stella Eze, who described Ikotun as the headquarters of bad roads in Nigeria, said the Fashola administration must tackle the problem headlong for residents of those areas to feel that “really, Lagos is working.”
Another resident, Chief Mojeed Abdulazeez, said “most residents of Ikotun, who go out in the morning, stay in Lagos till late in the night to avoid traffic since there was no use hurrying up to home, when you would be held up between 11:30 p.m. till about 1 a.m. in the traffic.
“If I come out in the morning, I do not get back till midnight because of the traffic situation. It is better to leave Lagos Island or Apapa between 10.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and get home after one hour than to get to Cele-Express and spend an average of five hours before getting home.
“From Ijegun, you have bad spots at Alagbada, Car-Wash bus stops among others just as the Ogutuga/Awomolo Streets among others off the Ayanwanle area are impassable.”
A government source told Vanguard that the development of roads in Ikotun and other areas in Alimosho Local Government Area of the state had remained top priority, adding that the issue would soon be addressed.