Residents of the Sango Ota area of Ogun state groan bitterly as road collapses leaving Motorists and commuters with a hectic time plying the route.
There have been reports that due to the bad road may motorist drive against traffic and people end up being knocked down by vehicles.
The almost three-kilometer stretch of Joju, immediately after the Sango-Ota Bridge inward Ifo, was abandoned. The road was dotted with large potholes lodged with water.
Both trucks and vehicles were forced to connect to the other lane, as they faced oncoming vehicles only to connect back to their lane at the Igbala end of the road.
The deplorable condition of the road had also become an avenue for street urchins to extort money from commercial drivers.
Checks by our correspondent have shown that due to these terrible road networks the economic activities in that area have been suffering. At least two filling stations and some other business outlets along the axis were shut down.
A business owner said, “We are tired of complaining. Almost all the businesses on this side of the road have been paralyzed. We are only living by God’s grace. As you can see, I sell tiles, but my customers rarely patronize me these days. They prefer to buy somewhere close to their area whenever they think of the stress of coming here.”
Motorists also complained bitterly about how the road had damaged their vehicles.
The supervisor in charge of the Lagos-Toll Gate section of the road, Wale Adebote, said the Federal Government had not abandoned the road.
He said, “We are coming back to the road. The problem we have in that area is that every space of land has been sold.
Everywhere is fully developed and the water accumulated on that axis comes to the lowest point. But a redesign has been undertaken to take care of that problem. The contractor has been moved out of site, but they will soon come back. We aim to deliver the road by the end of the year, and that is what we are working on.”