#BounceExclusive: Motorists Groan As Trucks Lay Siege On Lagos Road
Ufoma Momoh resides in the Cement area of Lagos state and works at a banking firm in Ikeja.
She lives home for work every day at around 7am but does not get to the office until 2 hours later for a trip that ordinarily should not take more than 45 mins.
The reason Ufoma spends 2 hours in traffic every day is because some industrial trucks are most times parked along Dorothy Road, Off Oba Akran, Lagos state.
It was observed that the trucks are parked beside a global brewing company, Guinness Nigeria Plc.
Motorists and other road users plying the road have lamented the hardship caused by the chaotic gridlock on the road.
Some of the users who spoke to Bounce News said the impunity with which the truck drivers park along the road is alarming.
A motorist, Jide Komolafe said if he had his way, he would not ply that route, but he is helpless most times because alternative routes he would have taken to his office are equally congested.
“I pass this route every day to work and it is always a battle to get through because of the trucks. The road is narrow and has a lot of bad spots which naturally will slow down traffic.
“These trucks parked along the road will now add to the problem by occupying a greater part of the road which leaves motorists no choice than to maneuver their way through the little space left, he said."
When Bounce News visited the area, it was observed that traffic starts building up as early as 6am and peaks at 7am while the return journey experiences almost the same peak periods. It starts building at 5pm and peaks at 7pm.
The backlog of the traffic congestion extends as far as Cement, Mangoro, Dopemu, Oniwaya, National and Akowonjo.
Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other traffic controllers on duty on that route always have their hands full controlling traffic.
The gridlock caused by the truck
Investigations revealed that most of the trucks are owned by third party transporters loading for Guinness Nigeria Plc.
Olayinka, of the Logistics Department of the company made the disclosure while speaking to Bounce News.
She explained that the truck drivers are aware that they are not supposed to park along the road.
She said “Efforts have been made in the past to stop the truck drivers from parking along the road but to no avail.
“They are aware that they are not supposed to park there as some of them even get their trucks towed by the Lagos state government when they flout the rules.
“The company is looking at organizing another round of awareness and sensitization to this effect.
She went to further to reveal that not all the trucks parked along the road work for Guinness as some of them belong to other companies located in the area.
However, a truck driver who spoke under anonymity said the company did not provide adequate parking lot for the trucks, so they have no other choice than to park on the road.
We hope the appropriate authorities will not wait till a tragic incident happens on the road before the issue is addressed.
A stitch in time, they say, saves nine.
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