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The Federal Government has declared open a section of the Lagos-Sagamu Interchange road for motorists, to reduce gridlock currently being experienced by road users on one of Nigeria’s busiest roads.
Speaking with newsmen at the road site, Adedamola Kuti, Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, said the mission was to explain to Nigerians the situation of things on Lagos-Ibadan express way, specifically at kilometre 15, which is also known as Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) Junction.
The Lagos-Ibadan expressway, one of Nigeria’s busiest roads, has been under reconstruction for years, which has led to traffic congestion and disruptions, accidents and even deaths.
Kuti explained that a couple of days ago up to Saturday, a serious work was on going when a trailer broke down but before traffic officials could evacuate the truck, some motorists had driven against the traffic, which resulted in a very serious traffic gridlock, which was duly uncalled for, according to him.
He encouraged people to appreciate what was being done on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. According to him, statistics show that the stretch of the road from Lagos to Sagamu Interchange is the busiest in Africa. The road carries the whole vehicular traffic from Lagos to other parts of the country, he explained.
He noted that, of all the traffics from Lagos, only 30 percent continue to Ibadan. According to him, from Lagos to Sagamu interchange, 40 percent of the traffic would have dropped off. He attributed this to the number of people who live around the axis, and others accessing religious meeting places along the road.
“This section of the road is the busiest”, he emphasised, adding that “it is already under construction.”
JOSEPH MAURICE OGU