Residents of Ajasa-Command have urged Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to rescue them from a high volume of traffic in their corridor which is now a daily occurrence due to deplorable state of most sections of Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
In an interview, some residents said the traffic situation had gotten to the level that the government must intervene to ameliorate the unpleasant toll the situation was having on their socio-economic activities.
According to a resident, Mr Abidoye Johnson, the traffic situation in that area had already gotten out of control and the government must act fast to ease the plight of residents and commuters.
He said, “You see, we are all aware that the cause of the daily traffic which we now experience is the fact that Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway has become totally deplorable due to what I think is complete irresponsibility on the part of the Federal Government because it is a federal road.
“I mean it is a national shame and embarrassment that the Federal Government can allow such important international road which leads to other neighboring countries to be ridden with craters and boreholes much bigger and deeper than potholes.
“As a result of this sad development, motorists and commuters now prefer to link Sango-Ota, Ijoko, Atan and other parts of Ogun State through Abule-Egba, Ekoro, Agbelekale, Ile-Iwe and Ajasa-Command roads, thereby bringing about massive vehicular movement and avoidable pressure on the road in the affected areas.
“The Minister of Works is from Lagos; we also have Federal Comptroller of Works in Lagos; the question is what are they doing with respect to Lagos-Abeokuta Road? Some sections of the road especially around Abule-Egba, Obadeyi, Ijaiye, Meiran, Adura, Kola, Alakuko, among others, are in a complete state of disrepair on both sides,” Johnson lamented.
Another resident, Mrs. Abidemi Oyekunle urged Governor Sanwo-Olu to mount the necessary pressure on the Federal Government to fix the express road without delay, saying the spiral effect of the bad state of the road was making life difficult for people in the axis.
“We plead with Governor Sanwo-Olu to ensure that the road is fixed by the Federal Government. In the interim, I think the Lagos State Public Works should carry out some palliative repairs on the bad sections of the express road so that it can at least be motorable.”