Drivers, commuters lament as floods take over Lagos roads

The torrential rains which fell in Lagos for the sixth consecutive day on Monday has put the roads in the metropolis in a state of disrepair.

Our correspondent who went round the metropolis on Monday observed that potholes on roads linking communities have been widened.

The development caused commuters untold hardship as they plied the roads to their various destinations.

Commercial drivers who spoke with newsmen said the daily rains had exposed the bad state of roads in the metropolis.

A driver, Olajide Badmus, who plies Oshodi-Iyana Ipaja/ Abule Egba route, said his bus broke down twice last week on the road.

He said, “The rains have really messed up the roads. It’s only the Oshodi to Mangoro area that is relatively free from potholes.

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“Other sections of the route I ply from Cement, Iyana Ipaja, Ile-epo, Dopemu and Oja-oba are nothing to write home about.

“Since the rains started falling on a daily basis, I have been having problems navigating through the road. The bus developed a fault on Wednesday and Friday and I spent over N45, 000 to get it repaired.”

A driver, Michael Ezuha, who plies the Oshodi- Wharf route, said he had temporarily suspended his transport business until the rains subsided.

Ezuha said, “The Apapa-Oshodi Expressway is dotted with deep potholes. The rains have washed off the surface of the roads.

“Most of the potholes usually contain sharp objects and last week, my tyre was punctured three times when I drove into one of the ditches.

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“For now, I would be suspending transport business because I don’t want to be a victim of the LASTMA officials who impose exorbitant fines on people whose vehicles break down on the road.”

A commuter, Jide Adeyemi, said he spent over three hours commuting between Ikotun and Oshodi.

He said, “The rains have really washed off the roads in the metropolis. There is gridlock everywhere and commuting is now a nightmare.

“This morning, I spent nothing less than three hours for a journey that should normally take me less than an hour. Urgent steps need to be put in place to fix the roads.

Another commuter, Patience Ogundeji, said the rate at which potholes suddenly reappeared on the roads was alarming.

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“When it rained on Thursday, the bus I boarded ran into a ditch and I had no choice other than to assist the driver and the conductor to pull it out. It was such a harrowing experience,” she said.

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