Plying the Lekki-Epe expressway has become a nightmarish experience, as motorists and commuters now spend a minimum of five to six hours commuting a journey of less than fifteen minutes from Awoyaya to Ajah, due to bad road conditions. At present, the cause of the traffic bedlam in the area, which is now a daily occurrence, is two failed portions of the expressway: Majek at Abijo and Ogidan at Sangotedo.
Recently, the journey from Awoyaya to Majek area of Abuja which on a normal day took less than 10 minutes, now takes at least three hours to traverse as a result of the bad spot at Majek bus stop where the road is completely blocked. Also, it now takes at least three hours to travel between Majek and Ogidan at Sangotedo, a journey that normally took less than 10 minutes to cover.
Consequently, workers who leave their homes to head to work as early as 6 am, do not get to their offices at Victoria, Lekki, Ikoyi, and adjoining areas do not get to their offices until about noon. A motorist, Dele Ashiru, bitterly protested the valuable work hours lost on the road daily, declaring the situation a signpost of failure of governance in the state.
‘’These bad spots started as potholes, but now, they have become craters because both the state and local governments have chosen to look the other way, even when the citizens are suffering on this road daily” he said
‘’To beat the horrendous traffic on this road, people, including children, now leave their homes as early as 4 am. If make the mistake of leaving 3o minutes later than that, you are in trouble. So, where is the mega city status of Lagos? It is sad.’’ He further concluded.