Debo Oladadipe was fagged out and hungry by the time he returned home from work at about 11:00pm last week Friday.

Her commuting time from office at Berger, to her residence at Shasha, which used to be at most 2 hours has risen to 5.

Initially thinking that the situation was caused by a car accident, her frustration turned to anger when she realised it wasn’t so.

The cause of the traffic this time was the ripple effect of the blocked Pen Cinema interchange at Agege, due to the construction of the Agege-Pen Cinema flyover.

While announcing commencement of the project last week, the state government had said the construction of the flyover when completed will help decongest traffic across Iju Road, Old Abeokuta Road and Oba Ogunji Street.

What residents and affected road users did not expect was the untold hardship in quantum measure that would accompany this preconceived blessing.

Governor Akinwumi Ambode had visited the site last week ahead of the partial closure to sensitise residents promising that the flyover would be ready in 10 months.

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But on Tuesday, day 6 of a possible 180 days of road closure on a busy artery of the state, abuses, hisses and lamentations were on the lips of the Lagosians trapped on the road.

Wale Ahmed said, “This traffic pains are becoming unbearable. The entire Agege and environs down to Bolade in Oshodi is a nightmare. Closing Pen Cinema without opening alternative roads is the most senseless idea ever.

“We complained of the hardship experienced before Christmas due to the fuel scarcity, but this present one is unthinkable.” he lamented.

Another motorist, Chris Johnson, said he is yet to recover from Sunday’s traffic. “Please always remember those plying the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway, especially those in the Agege axis. The congestion can drive anyone crazy and this is what we will cope with for 10 months.”


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