Motorists, passengers regret a hellish experience

Travelers on the Lagos-Ibadan highway were in traffic for hours on Thursday on the Magboro to Alausa stretch of road.

That had been the case for weeks due to the reduction of the four-lane highway to two lanes in order to be able to reconstruct the road.

However, the situation on Thursday was dire as the demarcated section of the road near the Kara Market area in Lagos was further narrowed down to one lane from Ogun.

Aside from the narrowness of the road, motorists trying to connect Lagos via the U-turn close to the Kara Market section of the road also exacerbated traffic.

Also, motorists driving in one direction in an attempt to break the stalemate exacerbated the situation for others on the side of the highway inland Ogun from Lagos.

A motorist, Olatunde Jimoh, who spoke to PUNCH Metro, said: “I saw two containers on the side of the road. I believe they fell off some trucks that must have been towed off the road.”

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Another driver, Kemi Adetunji, said she witnessed the traffic from Alausa in Lagos to Magboro in Ogun.

“I spent five hours in traffic today on my way to work. I noticed from Alausa. Some motorists obeyed the traffic rules by going only one way to get ahead of the traffic,” she said.

When PUNCH Metro Contacted Federal Road Safety Corps sector commander Ahmed Umar, he said officers were on the scene to monitor the situation.

“Yes, we were there to direct traffic. Our effort caused traffic to come to a standstill. It was slow but not critical. FRSC ensured that mobility on the road was maintained. Also, in synergy with the police, our officers have prevented driving against traffic and breaking other rules,” he said.

This was confirmed by the spokesman for the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, in a conversation with PUNCH Subway.

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