June 8, 2023

Two years after President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the airport road, two of the pedestrian bridges on the expressway are near completion.

The airport road was constructed by the former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode administration.

This is coming after five publications by The Guardian calling for its completion. Absence of the bridge on the airport road in NAHCO and 7&8 Bus Stops had led to the death of over one dozen pedestrians.

According to road users in the area, within the last two years, over 20 pedestrians have died from road accidents with children constituting 10 per cent of the victims.

One of the pedestrian bridges, located between Airport Junction and 7/8 Bus Stops, is the link between the Mafoluku and Ajao Estate. The only bridge students and residents from both communities use whenever they transit to either side, but the bridge was abandoned by contractors, resulting in students and residents crossing the ever-busy expressway.

A trader, Muibat Ajibola, said: “They did not complete the bridge, which they are supposed to do. The children cross the road themselves. Accidents have claimed lives of many little children. I witnessed more than two or three accidents within a week. They have taken too long on the bridge. Last month, a child who wanted to buy sachet water was hit by a vehicle. As the child crossed the first lane, while crossing the second lane, the child was hit by a vehicle, which led to her death immediately.”

A resident, Andrew Onwuzurike, revealed that he had witnessed about three accidents.

“Personally, I have witnessed about three accidents. The first one, somebody was crossing ahead of me and he was knocked down, an old man which I am sure had a family at home waiting for him to return. The second person was a man who was into real estate. I heard he was knocked down on that same road by a vehicle that was driving against traffic and a week after, I saw his obituary.

“Another happened on a day I came into Lagos from Edo State. I alighted at Airport Junction. Immediately, I crossed the road, and someone who was also trying to cross behind me was knocked down by a vehicle. I was among those who assisted to take him off the road because he was unconscious and bleeding.”

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