Caster Script Lagos Residents lament slow pace of Road Development Residents of Lagos state,
Nigeria most populous city has expressed their displeasure over the slow pace of major road constructions spread across the state It will be recalled that the state embarked on the plan to make the state mega-city but now Lagosians are saying the effect is.
becoming unbearable Voice Over Script From the mainland to the Island, from the densely populated Ikeja and Ijesha to upmarket Victoria Island, Lekki and Ikoyi, the embarrassing sight of the city’s decrepit road surfaces confronts you in dare-devil fashion.
State-owned roads are just as horrible as stretches of roads controlled by the federal government. Advertisement There are crater-sized potholes, gullies smack in the middle of a regular commute, hilly streets, eroded portions, trucks collapsing on account of the poor surfaces and bridges littered with tunnel-sized gaps.
When Pulse ventured out to see things for itself, we met citizens who couldn’t Whenever the rains come around, the roads in Nigeria’s commercial capital begin to sink and swim. Literally.
“The contractors often use poor quality materials to build roads in Lagos”, said a resident who identified himself as Kazeem. Pulse ran into Kazeem in the Apapa Wharf area of Lagos.
Kazeem earns his keep as a civil engineer. He explained why the roads in Lagos often go with the rains: “When the rains come around, it erodes all the poor quality materials that have been used to construct roads in Lagos during the dry season. Contractors shortchange the State government. “The State government doesn’t really supervise the construction of these roads or ensure that the right texture of materials is used for road construction.
Some State officials receive kickbacks from contractors to deliver poor quality roads. And on and on the cycle goes”, says Kazeem. We were standing on a horrible section of the Tin Can port road as we spoke to Kazeem. Tin Can is one of the nation’s premier ports. As we watched–cameras at the ready–articulated trucks laden with containers couldn’t access the port without extreme difficulty. Trucks were breaking down everywhere en route the ports.
There was litter, there was gridlock and there was chaos. ALSO READ: If you didn’t vote in Lagos LG election, congratulations, you just played yourself » The Lagos economy accounts for over 65 percent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in nominal terms. Most of the goods imported into Africa’s largest economy arrive Lagos through the city’s two major ports, before making their way around the country.
But the roads to Apapa Wharf and Tin Can are worse than death traps. As we took pictures and filmed, police officers from the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) stormed the location, bundled us into a bus and drove us to their office for not obtaining permission before documenting the ruin around the place. We were only let out of the NPA police station after threats and concessions not to bring our cameras anywhere near the ports ever again. As we drove out, we made sure to capture the filth and piles of garbage lining the roads to and from Tin Can toward the Oshodi end. In the distance, a police truck had broken down no thanks to the deplorable road surface.
Police officers alighted to push their truck back to life, a reminder that bad roads are no respecter of guns and ranks. Before we were broken down cars and trucks. “Welcome to hell”, our location driver muttered under his breath. ‘Bumper fall on you’ The road that takes one to CMS from Costain is just as bad. Here, traffic snarls no thanks to the crater-sized potholes.
After CMS, as you head toward Bonny Camp, are several potholes and gullies. Here, cars bounce, passengers cuss, tempers flare and cars run into themselves during rush hour. Bumpers come off, tyres fall apart and the commercial bus drivers disappear into nowhere after taking off your side mirror. “You dey crase for head…your fada left yansh…ya mama…weyrey…abi on serey ni? Koni dafun e! Iyalaya anybody!” The vitriol arrives in leaps and bounds and in saliva filled mouths. Tempers flare because traffic is compounded by poor road surfaces.
ALSO VIEW: The state of roads in the city of excellence [Photos] » The Oshodi-Apapa expressway sticks out like a sore thumb as well. After Cele; from the Mile 2 end, you dare not take your hands off the wheel. Cars have tumbled here off huge potholes.
Accidents are frequent and articulated trucks have let down their containers on smaller vehicles to fatal effect. Inner city roads are no better. Inner city roads Adesina, Omilani, and Ilamoye in Ijesha, Surulere have mountains, ridges, and hills for roads.
Life here is brutish and short. There is no government presence here. During night time, police officers lurk in dark corners to extort monies from motorists because they know you can’t speed off a decrepit road surface. “Make government come help us”, pleaded Musa, who operates a com