Commuters plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Sunday were stranded as livestock traders, especially ram sellers caused gridlock on the road.
NigerDelta Connect gathered that cattle traders, especially ram sellers in the popular Kara Market in Ogun State, as preparation for the muslim’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration displayed their livestock from the Kara Market down to the road. This, however, did not augur well as commuters following that route got stranded on the road due to the heavy traffic.
According to reports, the gridlock extended beyond the Berger axis into the Ikeja Alausa area of Lagos State and further into the Ibafo area of Ogun State.
One of the commuters revealed that the heavy gridlock forced him and his father to continue their journey on a motor cycle popularly referred to as ‘’Okada’’.
He said, ‘’Just between Berger and Long bridge we spent three hours, so my father decided that we take Okada (Motorcycle). Initially, I was so scared of passing through the express road with Okada, (Motor Cycle) but at that time, it was the best option. If not, we would have been on the road from 5 pm to probably10pm’’.
Another commuter posited that apart from the traffic caused by livestock, traders around the Kara Market, the bridge construction around the Loto area in the Lagos -Ibadan expressway are a great concern to travellers as the place is usually congested.
‘’Just from Ibafo to Mowe market, we spent over 3 hours on the road, something that ordinarily should not take more than 15 minutes’’; The commuter stated.
It was also observed that people who came to buy rams which were displayed very close to the road, parked their vehicles on the two sides of the expressway. Some commuters opined that the heavy traffic also led to exorbitant rates of transportation as both inter-state and intra-state commuting were greatly affected.
According to Punch, Ola Oresanya, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Environment, has confirmed governments’ partnership with security agencies in other to regulate the activities of the traders.
He said, “We have warned those selling on the expressway before now. We are controlling the cattle markets in Abeokuta, Sango-Otta and Odeda, but those in Kara will be raided tomorrow (Monday). We did not anticipate that of Kara and we aren’t prepared today (Sunday). We will work with the police to tackle the problem.”
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