An unusual traffic jam on Sagamu-Lagos Expressway - Punch Newspapers

An unusual traffic jam on Sagamu-Lagos Expressway - Punch Newspapers

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Traffic

12/2/2021 7:38:00 PM

An unusual traffic jam on Sagamu-Lagos Expressway - Punch Newspapers

The Federal Government is keen to complete the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project by next year, because it was a promise made by the Buhari regime. There was clearly the need to increase the pace of work but it has come with the hefty price of sitting for long hours in the traffic.

The effect of the diversion was pain, anger, frustration and lamentation by motorists and commuters. The drivers were impatient but it was understandable. From private cars to commercial vehicles and heavy duty trucks, it was a struggle for every available space, sometimes only in inches. About six lanes were formed with a lot of “James Bond” driving on full display in a desperate bid to out-manoeuvre each other.

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I travelled with the District media officer, Elizabeth and photographer, Afeez, and we sat patiently for seven hours in the horrendous traffic jam to get to Lagos. Most of the time, traffic was at a standstill. When movement resumed, it was at a snail’s pace.

The more I remembered the suggestion by my driver to beat the traffic, the more I felt guilty. Instead of seven hours, the journey would have lasted less than two hours if we had passed through Ijebu-Ode.We were stuck in Mowe for one hour. I asked Afeez to step out of the car at around 6.30 pm to take shots of the bumper-to-bumper traffic scene. At this time, we were not even sure when we would arrive Lagos.

Emotions began to run high due to the fact that no one could be in control of the situation. Even if a chopper was available, there was no place for it to land in the pitch dark neighbourhood.On the sidewalk, commuters who disembarked from commercial vehicles trekked long distances: men, women and children opted to find their way home from the nasty traffic experience that would be etched on their minds forever.

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