* Repair Denro-Ishashi-Akute road, they plead
Commuters in Akute, a boundary between Lagos and Ogun states, on Saturday appealed to Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun to repair the Denro-Ishashi-Akute Road to ease traffic.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akute that the road was the only alternative to the 32-km Sango-Ijoko-Akute-Alagbole Road undergoing expansion.
The expansion of the Sango-Ijoko-Akute-Alagbole Road is causing gridlock on the road, compelling some motorists to ply the dilapidated Denro-Ishashi-Akute Road.
A banker, Mr Monsur Abdulfatai, said that motorists spent hours using Sango-Ijoko-Akute-Alagbole because the alternative road was bad.
“I expect the state government to have repaired the Denro/Ishashi Road before embarking on this project.
“This 32km Sango-Ijoko-Akute-Alagbole Road is a laudable project that will open up Akute, but the government should urgently repair the alternative road, “he said.
Another banker, Mr Kayode Aturu, told NAN that rehabilitation of Denro-Ishashi-Akute Road would ease traffic and boost the economy of both Lagos and Ogun states.
“From Alagbole and Akute to Ojodu Berger in Lagos should not take more than 15 minutes, but we usually sit for hours; if you take the alternative route, your vehicle may break down,” he said.
A teacher, Mrs Ebikombere Bassey, told NAN that school children usually went late to school due to the gridlock on the road.
She added that whenever rain fell, the alternative route would be flooded and unsafe for children.
“Government should help us because our lives are put in danger daily because of the long stay in traffic,“ she said.
A landlord in Denro, Mr Lucky Omobude, said that the Denro-Ishashi-Akute Road had been severally rehabilitated through community efforts.
“We should not be allowed to suffer because we live in a boundary community; the government should come to our aid.
“We voted for Gov. Amosun though our community is far from the state capital.
“ That is why he must listen to our cry to repair this road,” he said.
A seamstress, Mrs Emilia Okpara, also decried the gridlock on the road, and appealed to the state government to speed up the completion of the road expansion.
She also urged rehabilitation of the alternative road.