LAGOS HAZARDOUS HIGHWAY

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They regarded left, correct and left as soon as extra, after which, with the velocity of sunshine, the 4 pedestrians raced all through the avenue to the median. They repeated the ritual sooner than crossing the final word lap on the totally different end of the street.

When former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, approved the reconstruction and enlargement of Oshodi-Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport Freeway in Lagos State, residents went into jubilation.

Motorists and commuters additionally danced for pleasure on account of the one entry street to the busy airport have been then characterised by gridlock. Along with the perennial site visitors congestion and potholes that dotted the route, the street was nothing nonetheless a humiliation to Nigeria. First-time travellers on the street might be pressured to ask if there was one different fundamental street leading to the busiest worldwide airport in Nigeria.

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Merely as promised by the then governor, in September 2017, work commenced on the avenue. The reconstruction of the street observed its transformation to a 10-lane expressway. The usual of labor carried out by the contractors was applauded by many.

The reconstruction began after the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo approved in Might 2017 that the federal street should be handed over to the Lagos State authorities for the entire reconstruction.

In April 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari visited Lagos amid fanfare to inaugurate the rehabilitated Oshodi-Worldwide Airport Freeway, amongst totally different initiatives.

Nonetheless, one factor was missing. There was no single pedestrian bridge on the entire stretch of the street. This poses grave dangers to residents who should cross the broad street whereas leaving the residence and returning from their colleges/workplaces.

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LAGOS HAZARDOUS HIGHWAY
LAGOS HAZARDOUS HIGHWAY

When the reporter not too way back visited the street one Thursday afternoon, pedestrians have been seen labouring to cross the street. A couple of of them instructed Daily Photo voltaic that the enlargement with out the footbridge on the street has developed into a type of punishment to them, significantly schoolchildren.

Of us crossing at bus stops corresponding to Stop Over, 7 & 8, Carwash, and NAHCO have to take motion and never utilizing a pedestrian bridge to mitigate their threat. Blood has spilt on the street. Pedestrians who would have used the pedestrian bridge are thus pressured to cross the expressway on the threat of their lives.

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It was gathered that the one current pedestrian bridge near 7 & Eight Bus Stop, in entrance of Ibis Royal Resort, was pulled down to offer an method for a up to date one. Nonetheless, two years after, residents are nonetheless prepared for model new pedestrian bridges to be achieved.

Sadly, there are usually not any warning indicators to motorists that people are crossing at these busy bus stops. There are moreover no velocity bumps to verify autos reduce their velocity. Zebra crossings that should have protected the pedestrian are moreover missing.

The question that merely materialises on the lips of concerned Nigerians is, “how rather a lot does it value to assemble a pedestrian bridge that the federal government will put the lives of pedestrians on a hazard on every day basis”?

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A fruit vendor close to 7 & Eight Bus Stop, Maryam Waeed acknowledged that she has witnessed as a lot as 4 lethal accidents given that street was commissioned. She acknowledged the mission is a nice one apart from the bridge that was however to be achieved.

Individuals are further cautious when crossing the street. Do you have to come proper right here throughout the morning, you may pity the kids who’re crossing. Some individuals who discover themselves very scared could very effectively be there for as a lot as ten or fifteen minutes. These autos are always on extreme velocity with out considering the folks crossing. The federal government should quickly do one factor about it so that further lives are usually not going to be misplaced,” she acknowledged.

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One different resident of the realm, Mr. Adegbite Ola, acknowledged that there was hardly per week and never utilizing a pedestrian being knocked down by a dashing vehicle.

Said: “We have now now witnessed many accidents on this street just because there isn’t a such factor as a pedestrian bridge. I heard a blind man was hit at Junction Bus Stop, whereas he was attempting to cross the street. It is sad that taxpayers are imagined to endure for presidency’s insensitivity.”

One different resident acknowledged: “It is always harmful in irrespective of method you check out it. At events, a driver who may want to play a Good Samaritan will decelerate and the pedestrians would race onto the street not paying attention to totally different dashing autos on the second lane. The sort of state of affairs has led to many accidents on the street. Many lives have been misplaced on this avenue. The federal authorities should full the bridge as fast as doable.”

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An environmental activist, Edward Monday, faulted the state authorities for hurriedly opening the avenue when the pedestrian bridges have been however to be constructed.

There’s fully nothing fallacious with the avenue growth itself; it is a superb work carried out. Nonetheless, what we aren’t fully blissful about is the scarcity of pedestrian bridges. This has made nonsense of the entire mission apart from it is quickly corrected. There was no degree for the earlier administration to fee the mission. Perhaps, the governor wanted in order so as to add it to his identification by all means.

“I name on the federal government to swing into movement and be sure that bridges are quickly constructed on the busy bus stops. We moreover understand that the street is busy 24 hours of the day on account of heavy actions on the worldwide airport.

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Greater than 90 per cent of automobiles that entry the airport transfer by way of this route. And for the reality that there are residential areas sooner than the airport, the authorities should assemble the pedestrian bridge aspect by aspect with the street. If life is misplaced in-between when the avenue was commissioned and when the footbridge is constructed, then we should all the time keep the federal government accountable.

Safety of lives should not be traded for one thing. The federal authorities should price lives when designing any mission. If there isn’t a such factor as a human being we’re capable of to be talking of a beautiful setting or high-quality roads. So, the people should come first,” he acknowledged.

A driver with a web-based car agency, Mr Dayo Ademuiwa acknowledged that the problem is further troublesome by some industrial drivers who take a technique.

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Regardless that there isn’t a such factor as a motive for them to drive in opposition to website guests, you proceed to see these people doing so. A couple of of them would put their autos on the reverse for plenty of kilometres. They’re so impatient and reckless. Nonetheless, I understand the reality that most of them didn’t endure any teaching sooner than they started driving. It is pretty unfortunate.

“The pedestrian bridges are important on this route on account of many drivers and their passengers are always in haste to meet up with their flights or with any person who’s flying. It is a strategic and busy avenue,” he acknowledged.

Federal Street Security Fee (FRSC), Lagos State Site visitors Administration Company (LASTMA) and different related businesses to mobilise their officers to those busy bus cease on the route in order to avert additional calamities.

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At NACHO Bus Stop, Daily Photo voltaic observed the contractors engaged on one in every of many two bridges that have been designed for the roads. Nonetheless, there was no work occurring at the second near 7 & Eight Bus Stop.

At NACHO Bus Stop, the pedestrians have been seen forming an alliance to flag down dashing autos to decelerate so that they could cross. A lot of the drivers ignored them as they continued to try their luck. They’d hurl curses on the recalcitrant drivers.

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One different environmentalist acknowledged: “These things can solely happen on this part of the world. It isn’t carried out in any superior nation. In Lagos Island, notably Lekki house, shops are the in-built entrance of nearly each dwelling. Nobody cares in regards to the safety of the folks. Nobody cares in regards to the well-being implication. Nigerians and the federal government must stand up on account of these anomalies ought to not proceed,” he acknowledged

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Queenta N. Duru Irukahttp://www.evergreennewsonline.com
A certified Senior Reporter/Advert Executive Evergreennewoline, Creative Writer/Graphic Designer/Political Analysts/ Entrepreneur & Fashionista

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