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Hell On Earth: The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

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ElevateNews takes a look at the pains and agony Nigerians suffer on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

There is nothing special that Julius Berger is doing on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway that its counterpart RCC are not doing. These two construction companies are the one handling the reconstruction of the busiest road in Nigeria.

Julius Berger manages the road between Shagamu interchange to Lagos while RCC does its job from Shagamu interchange to Ibadan. However, Julius Berger is making life unbearable for motorists while RCC who does the same quality job, if not better, has been receiving accolades for a job well done.

Julius Berger has diverted the expressway in about four locations, thereby narrowing the road for motorists. The diversions are in Mowe, Ibafo, Magboro and Kara Bus Stops.

A journey of eight minutes between Magboro and Berger now takes about three hours. Those who live in this axis and work in Lagos sleep in the traffic both in the morning and night. Commuters are perpetually stranded. Transport fares have increased by 300 percent and despite that the traffic is gargantuan.

There is no alternative road except the muddy contiguous roads at both sides of the long bridge that have become dilapidated even before the flood ravaged the place a few months ago.

Julius Berger could provide palliative by grading these roads for use even before it diverted traffic at Kara but nothing of such was done except the announcement that the road would be closed and that motorists should prepare to ride in hell.

And so, Nigerians have been spending ample time in a hell created by the wickedness of a company and the insensitivity of the government.

The situation has brought pains, agony, and death upon many families. No fewer than 10 motorcycle accidents had been recorded on the long bridge in the last few weeks. The families of the casualties have been thrown into mourning.

Besides Julius Berger’s lack of emotion, the Federal Road Safety Corps on this road are not doing enough. They wait to apprehend motorists who do not use their seat belt instead of controlling the traffic. They park vehicles arbitrarily on the narrow path to check papers.

They arrest commercial motorcycles that ply the road even when it is obvious that this is the only alternative the people have to get to work on time. Students who reside in Mowe, Ibafo, Magboro and other communities on this axis do not get to school before 10:00 am.

Workers are already exhausted before resuming for work, yet there is nobody to report to. Nigerians are afraid to criticize the government due to “Hate Speech” and planned clamped down on social media.

Investigation shows that the government is not releasing funds to Julius Berger Plc as requested and that the company is only doing what it could within its constraint financial capacity.

The hardship will continue for years because there is no indication that this road will be completed in the next three years.

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