Lagos State is Nigeria's financial center. Over the last few years, its residents have worked in conjunction with their governor to improve many things about the State. Many roads are also being improved and areas like Oshodi, which were previously congested and unmanageable are now unrecognizable. Street lights that previously failed to work are functional, trees have been planted for beautification and CCTV security cameras are up and running to increase security with more cameras on the way.
Despite these and many of the other accomplishments, there remain roads in the State that present a safety and healthy hazard for nearby residents and those forced to us those thoroughfares. The Apapa/Oshodi Expressway is one such example. However, although this road is located in Lagos State, it is a federal highway meant to be maintained by the federal government. A look at recent pictures of the road indicate that the federal government is yet to repair that road.
During a recent visit to Happy Lagosian's blog, I got to see this series of pictures.
Now, this road is apparently located somewhere in Lagos State. Unfortunately, the blog administrator did not indicate exactly where. As such, it is not clear whether the responsibility for this road falls on the state government or the federal government. Nevertheless, what is clear is that this road is a clear safety hazard to nearby residents who have to walk on that 'road' and drivers who must use it to get from one point to another. Those disposed tires present a fire and environmental hazard, as well. Essentially, this is unacceptable.
Lagos State has done well to begin the changes necessary to increase order and security. This dangerous piece of road must become a priority for the sake of Lagosians.
If you are concerned about the condition of this road, you can contact Governor Fashola directly at http://www.tundefashola.com/contact/index.html.The Governor's office numbers are 01-765-6414, 01-763-6322 and 01-7636323. The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority can be reached at 01-658-4715. The country code is (234-). As to contact information for the relevant Federal ministries, the website for the Ministry of Transportation is apparently "unavailable" (but if someone can find another link for this ministry, please let me know). The website for the Ministry of Works, which is in charge of managing federal infrastructure and roads, also eludes me at this moment. So, concerned individuals will have to contact Lagos State officials.
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