Danger… Watch your toes on Fadeyi Bridge


Pedestrian bridge or death trap?

Residents of Fadeyi in Lagos metropolis have decried the poor state of the pedestrian bridge at Fadeyi Bus-stop on Ikorodu Road. They want the state government to fix the dilapidated footbridge, which they describe as a ‘death trap and disaster waiting to happen.’

When The Guardian visited the bridge recently, a section of the base sheets were torn and supported with stones and planks to prevent pedestrians from stumbling or falling from the over 20-feet bridge.

The shreds are so obvious that one could see vehicles speeding past on the expressway underneath. An unsteady shift could also be felt with every vehicle that breezed past.

Pedestrians told The Guardian that the bridge had been in such precarious state for months, and is getting worse daily due to neglect. According to Sola Akinpelu, it is more dangerous passing through the pedestrian bridge than dashing across the express because of the decrepit state of the infrastructure. Akinpelu added that she and her friend had to hold hands apprehensively while climbing the bridge.

Funke Oyebola noted that the bridge had been in such bad state for the past five years but added that government should not wait until there is a disaster before an overhaul is done.

Tolu Adeniji, a student of Yaba College of Technology, said it is a major bridge students from the institution and residents of the area ply and it must be put to order.

For Emmanuel Jerry, the bridge is very risky to ply during the rainy season because it is always slippery. Jerry, who showed The Guardian a scar on his face, said he sustained the injury during one of the incidents when he slipped and fell on the bridge.

Victor Adewole’s decision is daring though carries a tinge of the unlawful: “I am too young to risk my life on this pedestrian bridge, so I prefer crossing the express than climbing the bridge.”

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