Some motorists who ply the old Lagos-Abeokuta expressway have been lamenting on the deplorable state of the road and have therefore called on the Federal Government to do something before the road gets out of hand.
Some of them narrated what they go through when they passed through the road on a daily basis.
“Yesterday, a friend’s invitation to come and inspect the setting up of a beverage factory gave me the reason to finally visit a part of Lagos I hardly get the chance to see. The factory is located in Ifo, Ogun State. To get there, one has to journey on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, passing through Abule-Egba, Meiran, Alagbado, Sango-Otta, Otta and then Ifo.” One of them lamented.
According to one motorist, he said: “It’s fair to say that the experience was more of an ordeal. From our take off point in Ikeja, the journey should take less than an hour for its roughly 30km in distance. Well, it took us 3 hours. That’s 3 good hours journeying through the gullies and ravines that is now the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway. The return journey was the same – 3 hours. I was shocked at the state of such an important road.”
“As we trudged along, I kept asking how the road was allowed to completely collapse. Granted it’s a Federal road but given the importance of the road to residents and the many industries in that section, surely nothing should have been left to chance by both Federal and State authorities in its maintenance. That it was allowed to get to the state it is now is embarrassing,” He said.
I felt sorry for my friend. This crisis of infrastructure (the factory runs exclusively on generating its own power amongst other challenges) will task the best intentioned mind. And this is one mind that left the safety and comfort of America (including family) to come and build something that will employ many and positively impact the local economy.
The good news? Julius Berger is fixing parts of the road using the FG’s Sukuk Fund (this info is well advertised on billboards alongs the road).
The bad news? JB’s presence is at best skeletal and there’s no sense of urgency there. By my estimation, road users on that axis may have to suffer through the pain of that collapsed road for another year or two. Sad as it is.