By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Commuters playing the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway have continued to complain about the slow-pace of work on the road as they spend several hours for a journey that was supposed to last for 15 minutes. The gridlock held back motorists and commuters between Ibafo and edge of the Long Bridge as the contractor handling the project has been blamed for the wasted man-hour.
A commuter, Mr. Segun Hassan said he left Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to Lagos at 11 am yesterday and on getting to Ibafo along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, he met a gridlock, which he thought would only last for few minutes.
Unfortunately, it lasted for more than two hours prompting him to wade through the traffic to get to the long bridge on the expressway.
A frustrated Hassan said the contractor handling the project should be blamed for the gridlock, “I think the government has tried to let us realised that the project has been awarded to Julius Berger but it seems the contractor is practically holding the country to ransom with the way they have been handling the project.
“How can they be using few men to do such huge job and this has made caused the work to slow down. It is high time the government called them to order to hasten the job. They just demarcated the road and this has made it difficult for motorists to make full use of the road. So if any vehicle breaks down, it will surely cause serious traffic on the road,” he said.
Another commuter, who lives in Magboro area of Ogun State, Mrs. Iyabo Ogunmola corroborated Hassan’s claims when she said that the contractor has not been fair to road users with the way they have been handling the project.
“I had expected that the contractor should have been working day and night to ensure that project is complete on time but they only work during the day and this had made the work to slow down for now. For months, they are still doing only some section of the road to Lagos starting from the long bridge,” she said.
Residents along the road are not left out of the gridlock as most of the have resorted to leaving home early to avoid the traffic.