RSC Commander Expresses Concern Over Reckless Driving on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway During Repairs
Oseni Hamzat, the Corps Commander of Corridor 1 in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), expressed his dismay at the behavior of certain motorists, including commercial drivers and motorcades, who continue to ply the congested Lagos-Ibadan Expressway amidst ongoing repair work.
In an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Hamzat attributed a significant portion of the traffic bottlenecks to drivers who disregard traffic rules by driving on the wrong side of the road, opposing the flow of traffic. He specifically mentioned yellow buses and individuals who consider themselves powerful, driving against the traffic flow.
Hamzat raised concerns about the challenge of dealing with individuals who carry large sums of money and travel with armed escorts in convoys. These individuals often confront and intimidate road safety officers, LASTMA officials, and even the deployed police at various checkpoints, including TRACE. Their reckless driving and readiness to harm others create a dangerous situation, leading to blocked roads and disrupted traffic flow.
While acknowledging the impact of ongoing construction on traffic congestion, Hamzat emphasized that the attitudes and actions of road users are significant factors contributing to the problem. He stressed the importance of patience among drivers when navigating certain sections of the road.
The FRSC, along with other sister agencies, is working on implementing “route lining” measures to prevent commercial drivers from stopping indiscriminately and obstructing traffic.
A meeting was held between the road agencies, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, and Julius Berger on Tuesday to strategize on the most effective ways to address the issue.
To accommodate the ongoing reconstruction work, the FRSC recently announced a new traffic diversion on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The traffic diversion affects the New Garage axis of the road.
Motorists traveling from Isheri Olowora through River Valley Estate to link the expressway heading into Lagos are now diverted to pass through Babcock College, opposite Enyo filling station, in order to access the expressway and continue their journey towards Lagos. Additionally, motorists can pass through Ojodu, make a U-turn in front of the FRSC Ojodu office, and then connect to the expressway at BRT Bus Stop.
The FRSC urges all motorists to adhere to traffic regulations, exercise caution, and cooperate with law enforcement agencies to ensure a smoother flow of traffic during the ongoing repairs on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.