Sunday 28 March 2021

Motorists, passengers stranded in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway gridlock

Hundreds of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway commuters were left stranded on Saturday with several passengers trekking long distances to escape the gridlock on the route.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Federal Road Safety Corps and other agencies had been battling the gridlock since Friday.

Many motorists reportedly spent the entirety of Friday night on the highway because traffic had slowed to a crawl, while the FRSC and other agencies eased traffic flow.

According to NAN, the gridlock had extended to some parts of Ibadan metropolis, such as Soka, New Garage, Challenge and Ojoo, with motorists and passengers having difficulty getting to their respective destinations.


A truck driver, Mr Isaac Emmanuel, described the situation as hellish, saying he had been on the road since Friday afternoon, coming from the Sagamu, Ogun State.

He said, “I left Sagamu yesterday (Friday) afternoon and I’m just reaching Ibadan now (Saturday morning). I observed that two trucks, including a container, fell around Guru Maharaji area. The incident has made vehicular traffic to be on stand still since yesterday.”

Also, a passenger, Mr Waliu Ololade, said he had to trek from the old toll gate on the Ibadan end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to the Soka area due to the heavy traffic.

“So many people, especially those passing through the expressway, are just trekking to their destinations. Apart from the trailers that fell on the way, some people have also attributed the traffic situation to impatience on the part of some motorists,” he said.


However, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mrs Uche Chukwurah, said there was no accident or broken-down vehicles that could have caused the gridlock on the expressway.

Chukwurah identified motorists’ impatience, lane indiscipline and failure to show consideration for other road users as major causes of the gridlock.

She noted that the gridlock started around the Oriental area of the expressway, where a construction company had closed a lane and diverted traffic to the other lane.

The sector commander said motorists only needed to move a few kilometres before moving back to the normal two lanes but that they were impatient, leading to the gridlock.


Chukwurah insisted that the ongoing reconstruction of the expressway, which had been on for a long time, was not the cause of the gridlock, but lack of patience on the part of the motorists.

She called on motorists to always exercise patience and give consideration to other road users while on the road, as well obey traffic rules and regulations to avoid experiencing such situations.

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