Motorists, passengers and road transport union have expressed dissatisfaction over the poor state of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, describing it as a death trap.
The Vice-Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Mr Oloyede Edun, said many lives had been lost to accidents because of the road which had been under construction for many years.
He told in Badagry on Tuesday that armed robbers had taken advantage of the pothole-ridden road to attack motorists and passengers, dispossessing them of their valuables.
“Some passengers and motorists have lost their lives during robberies. When they slowed down because of the potholes, robbers shoot at the tyre of their cars, causing accidents.
“This is an international road and it is sad that a journey of 45 minutes from Lagos to Badagry now lasts for about four hours.
“The distance from Trade Fair Complex to Lagos State University gate to Ijanikin and Agbara is so bad to the extent that motorists spend close to about three hours in gridlock.
“Passengers and motorists cannot predict when they will reach their destinations while plying the road.
“People are being forced to wake up as early as 4am to be on the road in order to get to Badagry and this is too risky.
“We are appealing to the Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the deplorable state of the road.”
The NURTW vice-chairman called on government to re-award the contract to another construction company.
A motorist, Mrs Josephine Okere, told NAN that she was forced to relocate to Badagry because of the hardship of plying the road.
The woman who works in the Badagry West Local Government Area said, “The gridlock on this road is serious and at times, I will not get to my office until 9am. When my boss started complaining about my lateness, I had to relocate.”
Another motorist, who gave his name as Usman, said, “We are appealing to the government to assist us by fixing the road without delay.
“The untold hardships we face daily on the road are becoming unbearable.”
A commercial driver, Mr Muniru Adisa, also told NAN that the deplorable state of the road had forced many commercial vehicle drivers to reduce their daily shuttle to once a day.
“The road is so bad that we are held up in gridlock for close to three hours, limiting the number of movement we make daily.
“Also, our vehicles are being damaged as we ply the road. Government should come to our aid by repairing the road,” he said.