Muslims traveling for the holidays from Sallah and other residents were trapped on the Lagos-Ibadan highway on Friday and Saturday due to the traffic jam on the road.
A Lagos worker, Ibrahim Mohammed, regretted having waited before hitting the road to join his family in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He said he thought he could make time for other tasks before traveling.
Mohammed said, “I regret waiting. I should have left the house very early. Now that I’m stuck here, I don’t think I’ll be able to attend the meeting at our family home today (Friday). I’ve been here for hours and I’m tired.
A motorist, Tobi Ajadi, whose uncle is getting married on Monday (today), told our correspondent he was unaware the traffic would be serious.
“I came to Lagos to pick up some stuff for the ceremony and encountered some traffic,” he added.
Another commuter, Uthman Agboluaje, said the stress of crossing the road every day was unbearable.
“The drivers don’t want to come here anymore. Some have increased the fares because of the traffic. I spent double the original cost every day because I have to go to work,” he added.
Our correspondent observed a man washing his face with a sachet of water in traffic.
The man, who identified himself only as Abdulraman, said: ‘I am a construction worker and we work in fields. No matter when I wake up, I always walk into this traffic. I have to arrive early at my place of work otherwise my boss and my colleagues will leave for work without me. How will I make money if I miss work in one day? »
A Lagos state government official, who identified himself only as Adebayo, told our correspondent that the prolonged repair and blockage of the highway had affected his schedules.
“I don’t know when I will leave this traffic. Sometimes I spend three hours before arriving at Alausa (state secretariat). It affected everything,” he said.
A car owner, Akinjide, showed PUNCH Metro his wife dressing their two children for school in their car.
He said the traffic had affected their daily routine.
Akinjide said, “We have to get up earlier than usual because we don’t want to be late for work. We must also prepare them (the children) for school. You can’t sleep well if you think about this traffic every day.
A commercial driver, Yusuf, said the traffic was fuel-consuming and time-consuming.
“Thus, the cost of transporting people will be higher. It’s not our fault. They should fix the road they blocked quickly so that it is easy for everyone,” he added.
A faithful Muslim, Yetunde, told our correspondent that the government should find a way to facilitate the traffic.
She said, “They should know better. The road (Longbridge) is usually very busy. The blocking of certain parts of Berger/Secretariat makes movement more difficult.
Our correspondent observed motorists taking a one-way street at the Longbridge end of the freeway.
One of the motorists said he had to find a way to get around despite the traffic.
The Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Olusegun Ogungbemide, said the volume of traffic and the rainfall had aggravated the traffic.
He said: “The volume of traffic has increased because of the celebration of Sallah. What we have today (Saturday) is exceptional due to the downpour. This is what we have been managing for the past few days and you know that we have a three kilometer construction site at the Otedola bridge. There are no obstacles on the road; it’s just the volume of traffic.
Speaking on the status of the road construction, Ogungbemide said, “It is in three stages. We have milling, compacting and laying of asphalt. But crushing and compacting take place simultaneously. One takes off from kilometer 0, while the other takes off from kilometer three. And after this part, they will pass to the other side. So that’s what we’re going to live with in a few months.
Ogun State Sector Commander, FRSC, Ahmed Umar confirmed that there were no obstructions in the road.
He said: ‘No one can control the flow of people’s movement, and that’s because of the festive season. We have been proactive. Even before the start of the holiday season, we posted our men and the police there. There was also work in progress by Julius Berger, but it is finished.