- Due to the fact that the road leads to the airport and that the bridge is the only access to the airport for those living at Isolo and environs , Lagosians never gave it a thought that repair would take such a long time.
When in early January 2021, a petrol tanker loaded with fuel crashed at Toyota Bus Stop, on the Apapa- Oshodi Expressway , burst into flames, and damaged the bridge that leads to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, motorists and other road users never envisaged that it would, for months, be left unrepaired.
The damage was so intense that the Federal Government suspended usage of the bridge, which was in the right direction.
Due to the fact that the road leads to the airport and that the bridge is the only access to the airport for those living at Isolo and environs , Lagosians never gave it a thought that repair would take such a long time.
The assumption was that the plight of the users, especially those travelling by air, would be considered and would therefore influence immediate repairs of the bridge.
Soon after the bridge was burnt, the government indicated readiness to commence repairs, but to the disappointment of many Lagosians, the expectation is shattered as nothing has been done six months after the incident .
The bridge users have been complaining of the inconvenience caused by the closure of the bridge without alternatives to the airport.
Reacting, A trader at Ladipo market , Yusuf Aliu , said: “ People are suffering because of the inaccessibility of the only link that leads to the airport (from Apapa- Oshodi axis ) . Some passengers get confused whenever they get here and have been asking us if there is another road that leads to the airport.
“Many in the process of looking for an alternative road have entered into the hands of hoodlums , who robbed them of their money . This is the time Nigerians should enjoy the government and reap the fruits of their efforts in voting for them.”
Another trader in the market , called Iya Tope, said :“The refusal of the government to renovate the bridge, is dangerous because most drivers are compelled to drive one -way , which can cause accidents.
“Segun Kolade is a mechanic who operates at Toyota. He said : “We know that fire has damaged the bridge and the government’s intention to renovate it is in the right direction because the fire would have weakened the bridge. Apart from that, before the fire incident, the bridge used to shake when vehicles were on the bridge.
“The delay in renovating the bridge is causing suffering for people . I will advise that government expedite action on the bridge.”
A commuter , Adekunle Muritala ,said : “We are asking the government to bring a solution to the abandoned bridge because it is causing a lot of inconveniences . People that are going to the airport are forced to go through Oshodi and get to Anthony before coming back to the airport and this is traumatic.
“We are pleading with the government to do something as early as possible so that people can make use of the easy access to the airport.” he said.
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