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New Year: Heavy Traffic Resumes In Lagos

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Lagos Traffic

Some commuters and motorists in Lagos State, on Tuesday expressed their frustrations with the resurgence of heavy traffic in some areas, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The traffic had reduced during the yuletide with the break in most commercial activities and closure of offices; as well as reduction in population when many residents traveled, making movements easier for people.

With the holidays over and the resumption of normal commercial and social activities in the ever busy Nigeria’s business hub, commuters and motorists have started experiencing the usual gridlock.

A NAN correspondent who monitored the traffic situation along the Iyana-Ipaja – Oshodi route and Ikeja, reports that traffic was heavy around the area.

A commercial bus operator, Mr Ebenezer Adeyemi, who plies the Yaba – Iyana-Ipaja road, said that the traffic was getting worse by the day.

“This traffic is bad because of road construction, I am tired. Going is not easy and returning is also very difficult. How long are we going to continue like this?

“I am telling you the truth; the government cannot say it does not know about the chaotic traffic situation in the state, especially on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

“It does not matter how early you set out from Iyana-Ipaja to Oshodi, you will be frustrated; government should find a solution.

“I am already tired of driving. I left Iyana-Ipaja by 11 a.m., this is 2 p.m. now and I am still at Ikeja.

“This is not normal, most of this construction work can be carried out in the night,’’ Adeyemi said.

The driver urged the contractor to take one lane at a time instead of working on the both sides simultaneously.

A private car owner, Mr Seyi Adigun, who was on his way to Yaba from Ifo, Ogun State, said that he could not believe he would still be at Ikeja by 2 p.m. ins pite of the fact that he left home as early 9 a.m..

Adigun said: “This is bad, this does not show that there is government in place, this is affecting everybody.”

Another commercial bus operator, Mr Ismaila Raheem, said that motorists had incurred losses, both materially and physically because of the traffic situation.

A commuter, Mrs Anita Iboima, urged Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to call the construction company to order to ensure free flow of traffic.

“I had an 8: a.m. appointment at Mary Land, this is 2: 45 p.m., I am just about to get to my destination, this kind of situation did not start today, we have been facing this kind of traffic for some time now.

“How I wish the governor will consider the plight of the people and solve this problem,” Iboima said.

A LASTMA official, who preferred anonymity, said that he walked from Agege to Ikeja to resume work.

He told NAN that a political campaign around the area; as well as the early morning protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress compounded the issue.

NAN reports that many commuters were seen alighting from their vehicles to stretch their legs having spent hours in the traffic.

Some others resorted to the use of commercial motorcycles who take one-way to their destinations, while others just simply returned home.

Many commuters were also seen trekking. (NAN)

 

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