It was with relief Lagos residents greeted the news of the construction of two critical flyovers at Ajah Roundabout and Abule Egba Junction in Lagos State, two areas prone to high-density traffic, in the bid to address the congestion in major parts of the state.
Early in the year, HITECH Construction Company moved to site and residents looked forward to a speedy execution of the project.
Ajah, Eti-Osa and environs are the new Lagos, now site of massive infrastructural reengineering of Lagos State with the ongoing projects at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, new international airport and seaport, and the Dangote refinery.
However, not all roads lead there. The only route to the new Lagos is the Lekki-Epe Expressway, with the Ajah Roundabout standing in between and constituting severe pain to residents of the area which they have been enduring since construction of the flyover began.
Due to the ongoing construction, which has a duration of 16 months, the build-up of traffic from the construction site at Ajah Bridge is as far as the eyes can see, stretching through Abraham Adesanya Estate to Epe Expressway.
The situation is compounded because the reinforced concrete flyover is done simultaneously with the rehabilitation of Freedom Road in Lekki-Ikoyi axis.
Although the contractor handling the project has created an alternative access route for commuters to ease the congestion, which is near Ikota First Gate to Abraham Adesanya Estate Road, it is an option a few motorists are willing to take due to the state of the road and the incessant downpour that has flooded many parts of the area.
As a result, road users are forced to bear the nightmare on the expressway, which sometimes starts from Victoria City Garden Bus Stop to Ilaje/Ajah.
While motorists are coming to terms with the pains of development going on at the axis, they are daily equally traumatised over incessant insecurity incidents, which usually occur during the peak periods when the roads are blocked.
The activities of the hoodlums at nights and early in the morning are becoming life-threatening. They are everywhere, lurking around the bus stops, waiting to dispossess pedestrians of their valuables. Some ladies have also fallen victims of rape.
The panicky residents are, therefore, calling on the government to provide adequate lights and police patrol at the dreaded black spots such Ilaje bus stop, Ajah bustop, the fenced area around the flyover construction site, and Abraham roundabout.