Potholes unlimited

By Godfrey Okpugie   |   12 November 2015   |   1:54 am  

IMG_20151110_173538Clusters of potholes responsible for gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
FOR weeks there have been loud and heart-rending complaints by commuters along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, unarguably, one of the busiest routes in Nigeria and even the continent.

The expressway is a major route, linking the South west to other parts of the country. It is the way to the New Lagos that has emerged as a result of the mass movement of hitherto Lagos residents to Mowe, Ibafo, Magboro, Arepo and a host of other emerging suburbs in that axis where people have found accommodation succor lacking in Lagos. But the traffic gridlock occasioned by the potholes on that route has been a source of worry to all and sundry.

The outcry from suffering residents, motorists and their passengers attracted the attention of the Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun who directed the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to fix the notorious stretches of the road where potholes lead to snarling traffic.

But Amosun’s intervention has not done any magic as the gridlock persists. The pictures below show the cluster of potholes responsible for the excruciatingly painful go-slow on the road.

The troublesome portions on both sides of the road causing the gridlock at Warewa and Arepo are less than 128 metres. Pouring a few tipper-loads seven loads of laterite and granite on the trouble-spots could have helped the situation, until full reconstruction takes place

But, as usual, nobody cares enough to do the needful in a country of ‘suffering and smiling’ people



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