BREAKING: Again, Aggrieved NLC Members Block Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway

Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway
  • Aggrieved NLC members and residents have again blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

EKOHOTBLOG reports that motorists were on Wednesday stranded as aggrieved residents and members of the Ogun State Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to protest against the deplorable condition of the highway.

The protest is coming after the expiration of 21 days ultimatum issued by the NLC to the Ogun State Government and Federal Government to fix the deplorable highway.

EKOHOTBLOG had reported that the aggrieved NLC members and residents of Santo-Ota, on October 6, 2021, barricaded the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway with a threat to shut down Ogun State in a mass protest if nothing was done to fix the bad road within 21 days.

However, the NLC, after the expiration of the ultimatum on Wednesday, mobilised its members and residents to the failed portions of the expressway and blocked the road.

The protesters, who barricaded the ever-busy Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, were armed with placards with different inscriptions, some of which read: “Enough of bad governance”, “Dapo Abiodun, let us enjoy the dividends of democracy in Ogun”, “Dapo, this suffering is too much”, “Hear our cries, Ogun people are suffering”, “Dapo repair our roads, it is our right,” and others.

Speaking during the protest, the NLC Chairman in Ogun State, Emmanuel Bankole, stated that workers in the state had declared the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, a “persona non grata”, saying, “we don’t want to see him, he lied to us, he fooled us.”

The NLC Chairman said, “21 days ago, we were here. We gave an ultimatum to the government that we are not pleased with the state of the roads; particularly the Minister of Works coming here to promise that palliative works will commence immediately and several weeks after nothing was done. That was why the 21 days ultimatum was given.

“Interestingly, a few days ago, they started some works. We can see some loads of granites by the State Government. But this is not yet what we asked for. The Minister was here and he promised to commence immediate palliative, which is yet to happen.

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“As such, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, for coming to lie to the citizens of Ogun State, he is being declared ‘persona non grata’ in Ogun State. We are declaring him an enemy of Ogun State. We don’t want to see him in Ogun State for coming to fool and deceive us that palliative works will commence and nothing was done.

NLC Members, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway
Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway

“We saw what is in the ground which is the effort of the State Government. The Federal Government cannot be collecting all the money and be inflicting pain on us. That’s why we are here to make the statement loud and clear that Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Ministry of Works and also the FERMA in Ogun State are being declared persona non grata.

“When we leave this place, we are going to the FERMA’s office in Abeokuta and also Ministry of Works to send message to their headquarter in Abuja that we are not pleased with what they are doing,” Bankole said.

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