By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Some motorists on Friday renewed the call on the Federal Government to carry out a comprehensive rehabilitation of the Ijora-Alaka link road to save road users from hardship.The motorists told Blackface News in Lagos that road users were still experiencing discomfort in spite of the emergency intervention on the road.
A Blackface News reporter who visited the highway reports that boulders have been used to fill a crater which was causing accidents.
Crushed stones and sand base were also used to fill other pot holes on the highway.
Blackface News observed that vehicles avoided the boulders which covered almost a third of the road and used a portion of the road median to ride through the portion.
A freight forwarder, Mrs Mary Oyetunde, appealed to government to complete the repair with the right materials to discourage trucks from using the flyover.
Oyetunde explained that the boulders made driving difficult, causing container-laden trucks to prefer the fly-over instead of the main carriageway meant for them.
“The materials they are using are not the right materials for this road because this is a water logged area; they should use interlocking stones,’’ she said.
A businessman, Mr Aderemi Alabi, said that rainfall was going to make rubbish of the repair, as water would wash off the sand base.
“Until they finish the rehabilitation, we cannot have any relief here; if they leave it like this, the rains will wash it off in no time,’’ he said.
However, Mr Abdullahi Musa, a civil servant, commended government efforts so far, and appealed for completion of the work.
“Like they say, half bread is better than none; though this rock (boulders) they have put is not palatable for use, it is manageable.
“We are appealing that they should cover it and lay asphalt to make the road more friendly to users,’’ he said.
Two other motorists, Mrs Christy Chude and Mr Abdulami Morenikeje also urged the government to lay asphalt on the road to make it motorable.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, while inspecting the Apapa bridge in August, directed Julius Berger to submit estimates for its rehabilitation and for the road up to Alaka but nothing has been done ever since.