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Robbing Addo/Badore to pay Ajah

Work started on the project in 2007, and we all regarded the further traffic gridlocks that occasioned the construction works as a necessary though bitter…

Work started on the project in 2007, and we all regarded the further traffic gridlocks that occasioned the construction works as a necessary though bitter pill needed to solve our problem. It is very unfortunate that six years on, this road has not been completed. The length of time this project is taking calls to question the competence of the handlers, as one wonders why a 50-kilometre road expansion (adding just a lane per side, not fresh construction) will take so long. Worse still, works have been practically abandoned for months now, leaving us residents of the deeper parts of the axis at the mercy of renewed traffic gridlocks, that usually start after the Conservation Toll plaza every evening.

But while the post-toll plaza traffic is at least bearable given the fact that we experience it on our way back from work when we are not exactly in a hurry, the poor execution of this project has created fresh nightmare for us residents of Addo/Badore/Langbasa axis. This is the worst part of it.   Whatever the solution is, the current ugly situation appears a robbery to us residents of that axis. Before the construction of that Ajah roundabout we didn’t use to experience that traffic. The bad planning in the construction of that roundabout has brought untold hardship on us. Addo to Ajah that took not more than ten minutes to drive in the past now takes sixty to ninety minutes in the morning. Yet, some of us are contracted to arrive our Victoria Island workplaces before 8 a.m. If one spends one and a half hours before reaching Ajah alone, one leaves the reader to imagine the number of hours it takes to get to work, when there are other traffic spots like the Agungi side, the Lekki roundabout and Admiralty tollgate before reaching Victoria Island.
Some of us whose health cannot withstand waking up at 4 am and hitting the road 4:30 am every day, and as such cannot leave home earlier than 6 am, have no option than to abandon our cars at home and ‘fly’ commercial motorcycles to Ajah roundabout before joining commercial transport, with all the safety and security risks, for that is the only way we can reach our workplaces before 8 a.m.  That is the only way we have been beating the LCC roundabout-induced Ajah-Addo traffic which stretches two kilometres or more and takes not less than one hour.  This was not the case before that Olympic-size Ajah roundabout was constructed.
Suraj Oyewale, Harmony Estate, Langbasa, Ajah, Lagos

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