The residents of Apapa have finally had enough of the terrible state in which the Apapa/Tin-Can Island ports road has been left in, renewing calls on the Federal Government to intervene in what has become the source of constant hardship and
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In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Thursday, September 29, road users lament over the results of the bad road.
Mr Kabiru Saleh who is a businessman explained that the bad road has begun to affect the health of road users as well as economic activities in the area.
A resident of Apapa, Mr Kaleb Ola, complained about the activities of tanker and truck drivers who constitute nuisance along the axis.
“I do not know why it is so difficult for the government to fix this road and alleviate our sufferings.
“Everyday, you sit for hours trying to get in or out of Apapa and it is causing a lot of stress that can lead to different diseases apart from the revenue government is losing due to this unnecessary delays,’’ he said.
Mrs Tonia Badaru, a civil servant, urged the government to attend to the road urgently.
“You can see for yourself how the road has become impassable due to so many pot holes and gullies as well as the irresponsible behaviour of tanker drivers.
“We are really suffering,’’ she lamented.
A food vendor, Mrs Lara Oluwafemi, said: “Government knows what to do if they care about our suffering.
“This road is very important because of the ports, they are making a lot of money here so why are they neglecting this road,’’ she queried.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, an official of the Federal Ministry of Works, disclosed to NAN that the ministry was putting finishing touches to the arrangements to bring in Julius Berger, back to site to work on the road.
Following a visit by a NAN correspondent to the highway, it has been reported that the road beginning from Coconut bus stop, was blocked by trucks and fuel tankers, making it impossible for Apapa-bound vehicles to move, a situation compounded by gullies which have formed on both the Oshodi and papa-bound carriageways between the Tin Can first and second gates.
The depth of the gullies has made it even harder for smaller vehicles to use the road.