- Some road users have blamed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode over dusty roads on Lagos-Abeokuta expressway
- The passengers wondered why Ambode should subject Lagosians to untold hardships in the name of constructing pedestrian bridges in the axis
- A medical doctor who spoke with Legit.ng, said people could eventually go blind after being exposed to dust over a long period of time
There are indications that road users in Lagos and Ogun state are in for a hard time during this harmattan period and yuletide celebrations.
Legit.ng regional reporter in Ogun, Emmanuel Udom's investigation revealed that motorists and commuters plying various routes in Lagos and Ogun are raising hell and either blaming, or praising the government of the two states for dust raised due to harmattan and construction works, presently going on along major and minor routes in the states.
It was gathered that going from Oshiodi in Lagos to toll gate on Friday, December 7, was quite hectic along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, as some commercial bus operators demanded between N400 to N500 from passengers as transport fare.
According to the observation, most of the passengers on board a Danfo bus with registration No: EPE 140, were either reigning abuses on the Lagos state government for attempting to further transform the state to a mega-city with the construction of pedestrian bridges at every bus-stop along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
The passengers wondered why Ambode should subject Lagosians to untold hardships in the name of constructing pedestrian bridges.
Observations, however, showed that from Bolade to Ladipo, through Shogunle, PWD, Ikeja, Dopemu, Iyana Ipaja, Ile-epo, Super bus-stops, the dust raised by the construction works going on these bus-stops, forced motorists and commuters to either cover their faces with handkerchief, or wind-up the glasses of their vehicles.
Margret Etim, a Lagos-based secretary reigned abuses on the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration for choking Lagosians with dust, while attempting to transform the former capital of Nigeria to a mega-city.
A patent medicine seller, who was advertising his products inside the bus went philosophical, saying that the dust raised are the pains people must go through in order to eventually enjoy democracy dividends in Lagos.
His words: “After the pains come the gains which Lagosians will enjoy.”
However, the ride from toll gate along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway was relatively free of dust, until the commercial bus our reporter boarded got to Sango Ota bus-stop, where passengers again began to cover their faces with handkerchiefs or their hands and closed the glass windows of the bus.
From Sango Ota bus-stop through to Joju, Owode Odirin, Iyana Olopo, Omiyale, passengers again expressed mixed feelings over the dust raised along the expressway.
While some passengers insisted it was a temporary discomfort, others blamed the government of Lagos and Ogun for its insensitivity to the feelings of the governed.
A construction worker with Julius Berger, the construction giant handling the project of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, said the company does wet major dust points along the expressway with tankers loaded with water from time to time in order to mitigate the adverse effects of the dust this harmattan period.
But, Dr Oladapo Adetunji, a medical doctor told our reporter on phone that people could eventually go blind after being exposed to dust over a long period of time.
He advised that motorists and commuters going through dusty roads should endeavor to wear protective items on their faces, cover the noses with handkerchiefs and ensure that their vehicles are properly secured from dust.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that due to the bad condition of Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, vehicular movements were on the evening of Sunday, September 16, nearly grounded to a halt.
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