The road, which links Lagos with Ogun state, boasts of notable companies like PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation depot, African Steel Mills Nigeria Limited, Chikki Noodles, among others. Travelling on the road is harrowing, given the many large potholes competing for space on the usually busy route. The road is prone to accidents, some of which have resulted in deaths.
At the time of Newsbreak.ng visit, two trucks broken down since last week, had caused huge traffic on the bad road.
Segun Ahmed, a tanker driver, who spoke to our reporter, said the horrible state of the road has not justified why the companies pay tax.
“My motor has fallen many times on this road. This road is too bad. There are many companies here and we pay tax to the government”, he said.
Kamorudeen Ewenla, a resident of the area, noted that the road suffered neglect for a long time. “This Odonguyan-Sagamu road, has not been renovated for many years. They only come to patch it. Business owners cannot transact deals because of the state of the road,” he stated.
A commercial motorcyclist, Jude Nwoha, said his business has been affected by the poor state of the road. He added that he lost a younger brother to a tanker accident earlier in the year. “I bought this machine four months ago, you can see what it looks like now. Lives are being lost unnecessarily on this road,” he added.
Albert Goodfortune, a primary five pupil of Model Nursery and Primary school, appealed to the government over the shameful state of the road. “We are pleading with the government to come and fix this road. Tankers fall and kill people everyday,” he said.
A commuter, Ikechukwu Paul, noted that cost of transportation has doubled due to the situation of the road. He said: “The road is very terrible, the government knows yet they have refused to do anything about it. The cost of transportation has risen. From garage to Odonguyan is now N100, from N50.”
More so, Victoria Bamishe, a businesswoman, lamented that residents of the area arrive home late at night because drivers don’t want to ply the road. She noted that she “arrived home at 12.am last Monday.”
Abigail Aina, who trades in the area, said she was involved in an accident on the road recently. “I fell off a bike because it was not stable. I went to the hospital and the doctor said I need N70,000 for medical expenses,” she added.
In the 2017 budget, N2billion was earmarked by the federal government to rehabilitate the road after the rainy season. But, a memo by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, signed by Engineer E. A Adeoye, showed the government was yet to award the contract for the road’s rehabilitation.
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