driverscommuters and residents of communities in Lagos and Ogun states were stuck on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for many hours on Saturday due to a stalemate caused by road reconstruction.
Since the reconstruction of the road began in 2021, road users have faced many hardships, with the recent shift to the Otedola Bridge, Berger and Isheri exacerbating the problem.
One of our correspondents, who was monitoring the situation between Berger and Arepo on Saturday, noted that the four lanes of the road had collapsed in two as they approached Isheri.
Some drivers also drove into traffic, exacerbating the stalemate on the road.
A motorist, Lamidi Adebisi, complained that the road construction had made travel time unusually long.
“Some motorists still drive one-way (against traffic) and eventually block the road. I had to increase my rate. From 7-Up to the Berger bus stop was the N100, but I charged the N200 because of the amount of fuel I burned,” he said.
A passenger at the Berger bus stop, who declined to be identified, said police and officials from the Federal Road Safety Corps were not doing enough to control traffic.
“There is a way to bypass the OPIC area where these drivers pass. Those cops blocked it. We suffer. People drive ‘one way’. Some bus drivers have increased fares. How do they expect us to deal with it?” he said.
In response, the Federal State Controller, Forosola Oloyede, apologized to road users, adding that the government was “unaware of the current stalemate experienced by road users around the Berger-OPIC axis along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as a result of the ongoing reconstruction work on the road.”
In a statement titled “About the traffic jam around the Berger-Opic axis,” which she signed on Saturday, Oloyede said the government felt the people’s pain and worked tirelessly to alleviate their suffering.
She stated: “The government feels the pain of the people, especially residents of Lagos and Ogun States, who are on the receiving end of the inconvenience caused by the stalemate and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused, while at the same time promising to necessary improvements in the traffic management system on the road to alleviate the suffering of road users.
“To this end, the Federal Ministry of Works has made plans with the contractor to suspend works for today, Saturday, August 27, 2022, in order to plan and implement necessary improvements in traffic management on the road.
“However, the government would like to remind the public that the same road being constructed will also be used to accommodate traffic through special diversions and therefore calls on all road users to cooperate with the contractor and traffic controllers to ensure the free flow of traffic. at all times, including during reconstruction work.
“To this end, we appeal to road users not to drive against traffic and to obey all special detours along the way to avoid unnecessary delays on the road.
“There is also a provision for tow trucks along the road in case of breakdown; road users must be patient by not driving against the traffic and obey the stationed traffic controllers to allow free flow of traffic.”