AMOSUN, AMAECHI, SOYINKA TRAPPED IN LAGOS-IBADAN TRAFFIC
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and his Rivers counterpart, Chibuike Amaechi as well as Prof. Wole Soyinka were among those trapped in a traffic gridlock for more than five hours on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
A NAN correspondent, who monitored the situation, reports that the traffic build-up started at the Sagamu intersection, compounded by numerous potholes which caused the breakdown of many vehicles.
Most of the commuters experienced a terrible day.
Amosun, who spoke with NAN, described the situation as 'worrisome and terrible.'
'Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Prof Soyinka called to inform me of their ordeal. But unknown to them, I was also in the same traffic with them, and I have spent close to five hours just like everybody. It is just terrible.'
He called on the Federal Government to urgently rehabilie the road to reduce the plight of commuters, saying 'traffic situation here is uncalled for and absolutely avoidable if well managed.
We have been witnessing this menace for ages and it seems there is no hope in sight for all of us. The final solution will be to give the road to those who have the capacity to manage it effectively. If they will allow us to do it, we will fix it very soon in partnership with the private sector and our people will be relieved.
'We are appealing to the Federal Government to let people who have the capacity to handle this road do it in the interest of the people suffering daily on this road. They promised that the road would be fixed before Christmas and till now no hope. You can see what we are all facing on this road.'