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Commuters stranded as NLC, residents protest state of Lagos-Abeokuta highway

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Commuters had been on Wednesday stranded because the Ogun State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in addition to residents of Sango Ota took to the road to protest the poor situation of roads within the space.

The protesters gave the Federal and Ogun State governments a 21-day ultimatum to repair the Lagos-Abeokuta freeway.

Additionally they threatened to close down your entire State by main a mass protest, ought to the governments fail to repair the street on the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum.

Members of the NLC and people of Ota Progressive Youth Initiative thronged the freeway, expressing their grievances over the poor situation of the street.

Armed with placards bearing inscriptions like: “Restore our street with rapid impact or face the wrath of the lots”, “Our roads are dying traps,” “Repair our roads, No good roads, No fee of tax”, “Industries in Ota are relocating and shutting down on account of dangerous roads” amongst others, they shutdown freeway from Joju bus cease, leaving dozens of street customers stranded.

The protest, the second in latest instances, is coming despite assurances from the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and Governor Dapo Abiodun that building works would quickly begin on the street.

Talking, the Chairman of Ogun NLC, Bankole Emmanuel, lamented that despite Gov Abiodun and Fashola’s on-the-spot evaluation visits to the street, nothing had been completed.

Bankole mentioned, “Just a few weeks again, the Governor and the Minister had been right here, telling us that they are going to begin the reconstruction of the street. We’re stunned that since once they got here, not even a single tipper of gravel has been placed on the street.

“This means that they will’t do something, they’re simply fooling us, they don’t have any plan for us. At this juncture, we have to must withdraw our future from them.”

Bankole lambasted politicians, saying “they don’t have any good plan for us.”

The NLC boss recalled that Ogun folks voted for the All Progressives Congress, each at nationwide and state ranges for peace to reign within the nation, regretting that “sadly it continues getting worst day-to-day.”

“In the event that they need to defend themselves, they are going to begin saying one is Federal Authorities street, the opposite is State Authorities street. Did they inform us this earlier than the election?

“We give them 21 days ultimatum to begin engaged on it or else, we are going to shut down the entire of Ogun State whereas everybody seat at house since they don’t seem to be prepared for us.

“Sufficient of this method of fooling, they know how you can go to nooks and crannies throughout campaigns however, when roads are dangerous, they wouldn’t go there.

“Final time, they had been saying they weren’t conscious that the roads are dangerous as this. Since once they had been conscious, what have they completed positively?

“We want them to know our minds. If we preserve quiet, they wouldn’t do something and that’s the reason I’m calling on all residents to let’s come up and face this wrestle,” Bankole submitted.

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