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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Of Nightmare

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Nigeria News takes a look at the incessant traffic on Lagos-Ibadan Highway, causes and consequence.

It has been hell of a journey for motorists on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the last few days. Commuters sleep on the road due to heavy traffic that has now become a regular event on the expressway.

This is caused by the recent diversion at Magboro, closed to the camp of the Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry created by Julius Berger Plc, the construction firm handling the repair of the expressway.

Twice this week trucks had fallen at this spot, leading to hectic traffic on the road. The Travelers lament while residents at the various settlements along the road now find it dreadful to travel out of their domains.

This is not the best time to ply Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Many questions are being raised by the road users on why Julius Berger had suddenly woken up from its slumber to divert the road at the busiest time of the year.

The construction firm actually did the diversion just a day to the Holy Ghost Congress by the Redeemed Christian Church of God last week.

Although the church, with the help of the Federal Road Safety Corps was able to manage the traffic during the congress, there was no accident but the high influx of vehicles along the road increased the travel time.

However, the last two days was a hell on earth, when the traffic was a standstill due to another fallen truck.

How do you people live here, one Mr Segun Balogun, a motorist travelling to Ibadan had queried one of the residents of the communities who was also stocked in the traffic on the expressway.

“We enjoy the road except there is an accident. But the situation during this season is worse due to the repair work going on the expressway,” the resident who identified himself as Soji had said.

According to Balogun who left Lagos at about 4pm with some of his colleagues, it took them four hours between Berger Bus Stop and Ibafo.

The traffic was heavier because some motorists took one way and faced the Lagos bound vehicles. It was a standstill between Arepo and Warewa for vehicles coming inward Lagos because of the one way traffic took by Ibadan bound vehicles.

However, it is sad that the construction firm, Julius Berger is very slow with the pace of work on the road. The company stated that the repair of the road would be completed in 2021, which of course means that motorists on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will have about three years to pass through the stress.

Before then, the Federal Government said that it would deliver the Lagos-Ibadan railway early next year. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi said that by the second quarter of next year, the rail line must be ready to transport cargo and container from Lagos to Ibadan.

This sounds good but the delivery of the railway is doubtful, considering the paucity of funds and the 2019 electioneering activities. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) will need to take drastic action on the deliberate effort of Julius Berger to cause traffic on the highway.

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