Is Lagos On Recess?
Nigeria News takes a look at the uncontrolled heavy traffic in Lagos recently.
It is stressful to drive on Lagos roads nowadays. A journey of five minutes now takes one hour. The response time for the Lagos State Traffic Authority to act on traffic situation has become very low.
As a matter of fact, the Traffic Radio established by the administration of Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has derailed from its cores. Updates on traffic situation are untrue most times.
On Wednesday morning when the stretch of Ikorodu Road was thrown into heavy traffic, the Traffic Radio was running a different programme entirely. Nothing was mentioned about the cause of the traffic between 8 am and 9 am.
The Third Mainland Bridge also witnessed heavy traffic because a vehicle was burning at the Adeniji Adele interchange towards Lagos Island.
Ikorodu Road was thrown into heavy traffic due to the indiscriminate parking of tankers along Funsho Williams Avenue, Oju Elegba, which consequently extended to Fadeyi to Ojota. It was a terrible day for car owners, commercial drivers and of course commuters, many of whom were stranded.
In that heavy traffic, the officers of LASTMA, about 12 of them apprehended a bus for trying to take the Bus Rapid Response, BRT lane. The LASTMA officers, who could not stop other vehicles from passing through the BRT lane, surrounded the luxury bus, shouting on the driver to pull over.
The traffic officers, invariably compounded the traffic situation as they tried to impound the luxury bus. The passengers were asked to come down from the bus as other road users raised abusive words on the LASTMA officers and the State Government.
On Wednesday, there were three accidents between the Third Mainland Bridge and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway almost during the same period. It all happened between 3 pm and 5 pm. Mainland bound vehicles from the Lagos Island were held up in traffic because a four-runner car somersaulted on the Third Mainland Bridge, close to University of Lagos waterfront.
It took about one hour before LASTMA could remove the car. The second accident occurred at Alapere Bus Stop, Ketu Area when crates of empty bottles fell from a moving truck. The entire road was littered with broken bottles and it took hours to evacuate it.
The third accident happened at Kara market, just after Berger Bus Stop on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Two tankers and a commercial yellow bus were involved in the Kara accident, with traffic backlog extended to Toll Gate. The travel hour for travellers was extended and for workers, going back home, it was a terrible day.
Accidents do happen in Lagos but LASTMA, LAGBUS and LASEMA have always done great jobs to ensure that residents do not feel the effect too much.
However, things have suddenly changed and the reason may not be far from the recent political development about the second term bid of the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode. Since the election of Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 election. Lagos governor’s seat has been ridiculed. Things have not been the same and it may continue because the state is on recess.