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Lamentations As Motorists, Commuters Go Through Hell On Bida-Lapai Road

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Motorists, commuters and businessmen alongside Bida-Lapai highway have expressed dissatisfaction over the worsening site visitors congestion arising from the diversion of articulated automobiles and deep potholes brought on by heavy rains and flooding. ABU NMODU writes

Bida to Lapai highway is situated on the centre of the favored Suleja-Lambata-Bida-Mokwa highway which is a significant hyperlink between the north and south west Nigeria.

It is a highway usually thought-about the shortest route particularly from Abuja to Kwara, Oyo, and Lagos states, however has over time suffered neglect and is presently a nightmare for motorists plying the highway.

Apart from the concern of the boys of the underworld who capitalize on the dangerous state of the highway, LEADERSHIP Weekend findings revealed that the highway which is the shortest various route is nearly impassable for motorists particularly articulated automobile drivers who haven’t any possibility however to make use of the route.

Besides the growing gridlock killing productiveness and limiting the expansion of companies, it is usually inflicting extreme bodily and psychological stress for them.

LEADERSHIP Weekend findings revealed that the one possibility would have been Minna to Bida which isn’t too motorable and in the intervening time closed for heavy and articulated automobiles due to the continuing building work.

Consequently, motorists proceed to groan amidst the dangerous state of the Bida-Lapai highway. At the second the motorists wrestle to comply with the fuzzy route alongside Lambata-Bida-Mokwa highway to hyperlink to the Minna-Suleja freeway.

Findings present that typically the highway turns into completely blocked and impassable with the site visitors diverted. It grew to become worse not too long ago as site visitors was diverted from Lokoja to Abuja highway following the devastating impact of flood.

It was additional revealed that among the articulated automobiles and different motorists had been trapped making them spend days on the highway that ought to take simply half-hour.

Some drivers advised LEADERSHIP Weekend that they’ve spent over three days on the highway as articulated automobiles have blocked and brought over each side of the highway.

It was noticed that the majority components of the highway have failed, whilst building commenced on the highway, the one aid is from Lapai to Lambata and the more severe is from Bida to Agaie.

An articulated automobile driver whereas talking with LEADERSHIP Weekend Ismail Mohammed stated he spent three days on the highway and ten of the cattle he was transporting to the southwest died within the course of.

He stated “ the road was bad before, but with the diversion from Lokoja recently, the situation has gone worse, you can see me slaughtering one of my cows, this is the tenth in three days”

Also talking Malam Garba Nura stated that he arrived at a nasty spot on the highway on Thursday and he has been in the identical spot since then, with no assist in sight.

“I learnt that the same thing is happening around the Jebba-Mokwa axis. The authorities that diverted the traffic to this road are not fair to us, they should have known that this road is bad, and the diversion is not properly thought out,” he stated.

The residents of the main cities and villages alongside the highway additionally attested to the struggling of the motorist and invariably the hazard they’re uncovered to when it comes to linkages to different cities and villages.

A resident of Bida Saidu Abdullahi advised LEADERSHIP Weekend that “you can see Bida to Baddeggi road linking Suleja road is blocked by trailers and tankers, no way for small cars and buses, it is as good as we are caged in here.”

He stated, “There are instances that the main roads inside Minna might be blocked as a result of the gridlock might be so long as from Bida right here to Agaie due to the dangerous state of the highway.

A resident of Baddeggi, Danjuma Musa stated 4 tankers exploded in Baddeggi not too long ago, saying “we were lucky there was no fatality, it happened when the tankers were forced to park for days near a local tea seller’s makeshift shop and they were gutted by fire in the night.”

Another resident of Baddeggi Umar Mohammed advised LEADERSHIP Weekend that “immediately the incident occurred they all ran away to avert casualties, the place is like a trailer park, we are lucky it affected only four articulated vehicles.”

“We immediately called on the firefighters at Bida who quickly swung into action, but by that time four tankers were already burnt to ashes, we thank God no life was lost,” he added.

Also at Lapai, a group chief Nuhu Tanko stated: “we can not go to nearby villages because the roads are blocked, we learnt that the traffic from Lokoja is diverted to this road that is already in bad shape”.

On what the authorities are doing to open the blocked highway, the spokesman of the State Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Raji Egigogo stated the command “is trying to ensure that there is a gradual movement of the traffic instead all the vehicles stationed in a place.”

He stated although there are components of the highway that aren’t good however “our men are in Lambata, Lapai, Agaie, and Bida to ensure that no matter how slow the traffic should continue to move.”

Raji stated some commuters could also be diverted to Bida-Minna highway to hyperlink Bida or Suleja to make sure the free circulate of site visitors however acknowledged that the inflow of articulated automobiles had been the reason for the gridlock.


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