By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Responding to complaints on intense gridlocks on Lagos roads, the State Government has attributed the challenge currently experienced by motorists and commuters to ongoing road constructions and the influx of traders into the state.
The government assured them that the present challenge is temporary and would cease to exist immediately contractors handling the projects complete works on the roads under construction.
In a statement signed by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, the government stated that it was aware of the discomfort commuters and motorists have been experiencing since contractors commenced massive road repairs under ‘Operation 116’ across the State.
It said: “The daily influx of people from other parts of the country into Lagos has contributed to the big human and vehicular pressure on the roads. The government will surely surmount the challenges with technology and enforcement of traffic rules.
“There is no deliberate action to cause Lagosians any pain; the present situation is temporary. The contractors are speeding up their jobs and they are being encouraged to work at night where possible, even as motorists are being advised to use alternative routes.
“The administration sympathises with residents on the inconvenience suffered daily but in fulfillment of its commitment to making the roads motorable immediately the rains subside, resources and equipment have been deployed to fix degenerated roads. The discomfort will be short-lived.
“The State government has directed the relevant agencies to review traffic control and regulation policies towards identifying a long-lasting remedy to the problem”.
“The Government appreciates the perseverance of Lagosians and pledges its commitment to pooling all its resources together to achieving a permanent solution to the problem posed by the rehabilitation of bad roads. The administration will ensure that majority of the roads become smooth and motorable before the Yuletide”.