Tanker Explosion Causes Gridlock On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

The traffic situation in Lagos State appears to have intensified over the last 24 hours following a tanker explosion.

The explosion involving a fuel tanker occurred on the Longbridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Tuesday evening.

Although there were no casualties, the incident resulted in gridlock as commuters were prevented from driving through until the fire was quenched and the remains of the vehicle were removed.

The gridlock spilled over into the early hours of Wednesday, causing hours of delay for commuters heading to various destinations.

This comes amidst the recent ban of tricycles (Keke) and motorcycles (Okada) by the Lagos State government which many say has worsened their plight in commuting to and fro their destinations.

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In addition to the limited means of transportation available, the Lagos/Ibadan expressway has experienced intense levels of traffic as a result of the ongoing reconstruction of the road.

Officials, however, say that the reconstruction which has lasted nearly 2 months is set to be concluded by the end of the month.

Hopefully, some relief will come to Nigerians.

Gridlock As Vehicle Burns On Kara Bridge Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

A vehicle has caught fire on the Kara-Berger axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, causing gridlock on the road.

The incident which involved a minibus, occurred on Tuesday morning on the road inwards Lagos.

The cause of the incident is yet to be ascertained and it is unclear if there were any casualties.

However, relevant traffic and emergency agencies were on ground to put out the fire and control the traffic.

The Berger-Kara end of the expressway has been notorious for traffic since the construction and division on some portions of the road commenced earlier this month.

Details later…

Petrol-Laden Tanker Crashes, Causes Gridlock On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

A tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, has crashed along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The incident occurred at about 5:10am on Christmas Day around the RCCG Car Park C in Mowe on the outward Lagos section of the highway.

This has resulted in a gridlock on both sections of the road, the spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Ogun State Command, Florence Okpe, said in a statement.

The tanker was said to be conveying petrol before it crashed into the barriers, although the FRSC said it was managing the situation.

 

Okpe revealed that the agency immediately contacted the Fire Service and Julius Berger Nigeria PLC Emergency Team to commence transloading and removal of the crashed tanker and eventual realignment of the displaced barriers, to restore traffic.

“The FRSC hereby advises the early morning travellers going on far journeys to seek alternative routes away from the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway via the Long Bridge to Mowe.

“The alternate corridors available are the Victoria Island-Ajah- Ijebu Ode Corridor and the Lagos-Ota- Itori-Abeokuta Expressway, considering the period it could take to transload the PMS in the crashed vehicle to another empty tanker, remove the crashed vehicle from the ditch, replace the road barriers the crash displaced and restore traffic,” the statement said.

The State Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, also appealed to motorists to note the traffic occurrences and bear with the inconveniences.

He gave the assurance that the FRSC rescue team was working with sister traffic and emergency agencies to restore free vehicular movement in the area.

We Need To Get The Local Governments Working Again – Jimi Agbaje

 

The Lagos gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje has said that the state’s local governments need to get working again. 

Jimi Agbaje made this statement while responding to a question at The Platform’s Lagos Governorship Debate.

Agbaje in a reaction to questions about gridlocks in Lagos said that the key is to “get the local governments working again” adding that the grassroots play a great roll in making state function optimally.

The PDP gubernatorial candidate said that planning ahead is crucial if Lagos must overcome its problem with traffic jam.

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Giving an example of the refinery coming up on the Lekki axis of the state, Agabje said if no forward thinking is put into play, then we may have another issue as experienced in the Apapa area.

He said, “There is no provision yet for what is going to happen to lift products from there, so if we are not careful, we are going to have another gridlock as we have in Apapa”.

Agbaje said town planning is very crucial in addressing the issue of gridlocks in Lagos.

“The idea is to have even development across Lagos state so that you are having less of movement from one end of Lagos to the other,” the pharmacist said.

He argued that the different parts of Lagos must be looked into as to make them self-containing.

Agaje surmised that “Lagos is still one of the two megacities in this world that does not have a rail system that is working” adding that “that is no longer acceptable”.

He also asserted that we must go into the idea of multi-layered roads because there is little to what we can do to expand our roads.

IMN Protest Causes Gridlock Along Nyaya-Mararaba Road

 

Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), on Sunday, held another march along the Nyaya Mararaba axis of Nasarawa State, on their way to Abuja.

The procession which was generally peaceful, however, caused a massive gridlock along the road.

It comes less than 24 hours after three members of the sect were killed after a clash with troops of the Nigerian Army.

According to a statement by the Commander of the Army headquarters Garrison, Major General James Myam, the clash occurred on Saturday afternoon at Zuba bridge in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

He explained that the sect members, who were supposedly in a procession, set up an illegal roadblock along the route, which the convoy of the troops attempted to clear.

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While doing so, General Myam said some members of the group attacked the troops who were escorting missiles and ammunition from Abuja to the Army Central Ammunition Depot in Kaduna State.

In defence, the troops opened fire on the IMN members which resulted in the killing of three of them.

Some soldiers also obtained injuries in the process.

Gridlock As Container Falls On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

File: Kara Bridge

 

Commuters heading out of Lagos State via the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday morning were stuck in a gridlock for hours after a container fell on the expressway.

The container fell off the flatbed truck carrying it on the Kara Bridge axis of the expressway, preventing vehicular traffic.

There was no casualty in the incident as no vehicle was hit by the container as it fell.

As a result of the incident, however, several vehicles were stuck in a gridlock that stretched from the Kara Bridge toward Ojodu Berger.

An eyewitness photo of the container that fell on Thursday morning along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Stranded drivers and commuters were seen at the scene of the accident with others standing by their vehicles as efforts were being made to remove the container from the road.

Men of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) who were deployed to the scene of the accident eventually got the container of the expressway and normal vehicular movement has since resumed.

The Kara Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is a bit notorious for accidents.

In January this year, there was a multiple-accident there with one of the vehicles involved falling off the bridge.

In November 2017, there were at least two multiple-accidents there with a total of seven people losing their lives.

Senate Must Find Permanent Solution To Apapa Gridlock – Saraki

Senate President, CCT, Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki

Amid growing concern about the negative impact of the gridlock in Apapa on the nation’s economy, Senate President Bukola Saraki has called for a permanent solution.

Years of complaint by motorists, importers, and private sector players about the gridlock in Apapa, where the country’s biggest and most functional ports are located, has not led to a significant improvement in the situation.

Now, the Senate President believes it is up to the Senate to find the much-sought solution to the problem.

He arrived at the conclusion after an inspection of the roads in Apapa.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Saraki said, “After meeting, at the weekend, with a delegation of members of the private sector who complained to me about the high cost of getting goods out of the Apapa ports, due to the perpetual gridlock on the Apapa Port Road and other roads around the area, I conducted an aerial inspection of the roads this morning.

“It is clear, that the Senate must find a prompt and permanent solution to the problem. We must put in place an arrangement that is less cumbersome and not bogged down by bureaucracy. The arrangement must also include the participation of the private sector.”

The Senate President did not provide any details about how the Senate would go about finding the solution to the problem or what options it would consider.

His comments come just days after the Lagos State government announced a restriction on trucks and tankers that lift products from the ports or that operate in the area.

Specifically, the state government asked owners of articulated vehicles, trailers, and petroleum tankers to keep their vehicles away from the Apapa area of the city and its environs until it is able to find a solution to the unending traffic bottleneck.

The Acting Commissioner of Transportation in the state, Mr Olanrewaju Elegushi, in a statement announcing the restriction, explained that the directive would be enforced to eliminate the current hardship motorists face on the road every day.

According to him, the gridlock is worsened by the current rehabilitation of some major roads and other minor ones which necessitated the closure of some roads in Apapa.

FRSC Confirms Four Dead,Analyses Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Situation

Lagos-Ibadan expressway, gridlock, Tanker accident,One more person has been confirmed dead, by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi, bringing the death toll of the Lagos-Ibadan express way accident, to Four.

He also made the confirmation that five, not four vehicles as against Wednesday’s report, were involved, while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

Mr Oyeyemi, explaining the situation that led up to the recent road congestion, said:

“The Lagos Ibadan expressway has the highest traffic density in the country, of about 25,000 vehicles per hour.”

Hence, the need for the ongoing road construction, aimed at expanding the roads from two-way lanes to three.

He explained that “when this kind of construction is on-going, there is bound to be such chaotic situation, however, even before the construction started, there have been series of traffic alerts by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)”.

After rescue efforts were completed, on Wednesday, the aftermath of the accident was the gridlock which commuters still have to suffer a day or more after.

The FRSC Boss, explaining further said:

“All those tankers, trailers that were packed because of the gridlock yesterday, started moving, and because the inbound lane had been shut down for repairs, leaving only one lane, there is bound to be a band-wagon effect.

“When those tankers are moving, there’s no way for any other vehicle to attempt to over-take,” he said.

He however stated that his men had worked over-night and were still on ground, while suggesting that “what we require now, is traffic redistribution.

“All those trailers should be re-routed so that there can be flow of traffic for smaller vehicles and buses,” he stated.

Mr Oyeyemi, then suggested three ways by which the situation could be abated.

He said, vehicles could re-route through Lekki-epe, Ikorodu or Sango-ota, Abeokuta routes.

However to make that move possible, he hinted that he would be relocating from Abuja to Lagos on Thursday, so that proper discussion could be held on how to further ease the situation.

The ghastly accident occurred when a tanker collided with another truck, causing a fire explosion, on a major bridge along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.

The prompt deployment of men of the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), NSCDC, fire service and the police prevented the situation from escalating further.

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway In Second Day Of Gridlock

Lagos-Ibadan expressway, gridlockCommuters have woken up to yet another ugly traffic situation on Thursday, a second day of  the gridlock experienced on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

This follows the accident that occurred at about 3:30 am on Wednesday, in which a diesel tanker and a truck collided, leading to an explosion involving two other vehicles.

With the relentless effort of the emergency agencies, comprising the FRSC, NSCDC, LASEMA and the police, in putting out the fire outbreak and clearing the debris from the expressway, it seemed like the problem would have been abated before night fall but unfortunately that was not the case.

The incident necessitated the condoning-off of the outbound Lagos-lane which led to the undue congestion on the opposite lane where people struggled to move against the traffic.

As at 04:45 am on Thursday morning, lengthy back lights from cars, buses, trailers to trucks could be sighted far beyond one’s reach, stretching the lengthy expressway, with a stop point for adjoining vehicles heading towards Mowe-Ibafo/Lagos-outbound lane.

Motorists picked on the modus-operandi applied on Wednesday during the gridlock, this time without the presence or directives of the agencies, as Lagos in-bound lanes transformed into a two-way lane.

As at 07:45 am, on our breakfast show, Sunrise Daily a Channels Television Correspondent, Sulaiman Aledeh, who was held up in the gridlock, hinted about the situation on ground.

He said that all routes pointing to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway are on Lock-down, as both out-bound and in-bound lanes of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway were totally blocked and no road traffic agency was in sight at the time.

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Boboye Oyeyemi

Speaking to Federal Road Safety Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi also on the breakfast show, he explained what has led up to the situation on the road so far.

“The Lagos Ibadan expressway has the highest traffic density in the country, of about 25,000 vehicles per hour,” he said.

This data according to him, is what led to the on-going construction aimed at expanding the roads from the two-way lane to three.

He explained that “when this kind of construction is on-going, there is bound to be such chaotic situation, however, even before the construction started, there have been series of traffic alerts by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)”.

While commending efforts of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, and other agencies who helped to ease off the traffic on Wednesday, he said men have currently been deployed to make the situation better.