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THE Ogun State government on Monday said it was not responsible for the gridlock being experienced by motor ists and commuters on the Kara/Long Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway end.

Motorists and commut ers plying the highway have been lamenting the grid lock on the axis which has resulted into loss of man hours.

Some motorists blames the heavy traffic jam on the ongoing reconstruction work on the highway being undertaken by a construc tion company which they said had taken serious toll on them and their businesses.

The numerous potholes on the Kara axis had been responsible for the traffic snarl which had subjected the people to hardship and, equally had terrible effects on the socio-economic ac tivities on the route.

When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to Gover nor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin, said the state gov ernment under whose ju risdiction the road lies said it is not responsible for the people’s agony.

He said, “It will be unfair to blame Ogun State govern ment for this. This is a Fed eral Government road and we have offered palliative to Cushion the effect, including making entreaties to the con Eractors to take advantage of engineers who are ready o work with them.

“We are offering 24-hour ecurity for them to fix the failed portions of the road, because that is what is required.”

Describing the experience as agonising, a commer cial driver who plies Kuto in Abeokuta to Oshodi in Lagos State, Kabiru Oyedeji, blamed the construction company for causing unnec essary hardship for road us ers on a daily basis.

He said since the gridlock began on the road, several man-hours had been lost as travelers spend hours trying to get to their respective destinations.

The driver, however, called on the Ogun State govern ment to intervene and let the Federal Government know the unpleasant expe rience of the road users on the expressway, particularly residents of the state.

By oyonews

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