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SALLAH RUSH: TRAVELLERS ABANDON CARS, OPT FOR TRAIN SERVICE

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By Adeola Abdullah

Due to the traffic gridlock experienced by road users in the past few days in states of the South-West region of the country, many vehicle owners have decided to opt for train to their destinations.

Road users have suffered harrowing discomfort since last week due to the gridlock. The heavy rainfall of the past few days and characteristic heavy traffic of vehicles and passengers ahead of the Muslim festival of sacrifice (Eid-el-Adha) has caused road users to spend several hours on the roads.

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A vehicle owner, Dr. Abdulmusawwir Alli-Oluwafuyi, while narrating his ordeal, said he left Ilorin, Kwara State by 6.45am on Sunday morning, for a trip to Ikorodu, Lagos. He ended up getting to Ikorodu at about 8.20pm.

“The journey took me about 14 hours, I left Ilorin by 6.45am and got to Magboro, Ogun State at about 11:00am.

“I then got to Berger around 5:20pm, for a distance of just a few minutes, under normal circumstances. The leg of the journey to Ikorodu took me another three hours.

“In total, I spent almost 14 hours on the trip.”

Other road users also lamented how they spent several hours between their destinations.

Mr. Onaka in his narration said, “I had to discontinue my journey at Ijebu-Ode, yesterday, after spending five hours from Ibadan, and I was still going to Lagos. I wasn’t sure of the traffic situation and I feared for my safety. I had to continue the journey to Lagos today.”

Checks by hotjist.com shows many people who intended to make journey to the hinterland for the sallah festivities decided to opt for new Lagos-Ibadan Railway Service to reduce the stress of the journey.

It was learnt that as early as before 6am, travellers had thronged the Mobolaji Johnson Train Station in Yaba, Lagos and the Obafemi Awolowo Train Station, Moniya, in Ibadan. The service was filled to capacity so much that travellers who arrived at the stations by 6am couldn’t get tickets for the 8am service.

Some of the travellers said they decided to opt for the train service as it saves them a lot of the inconvenience of a road trip and it is safer.

“I am still going to Fiditi, in Oyo State, said Mr. Fadairo but travelling on this service has made my task easier, as I will avoid the gridlock on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“I will join a regular bus service for the onward journey to Fiditi.”

Another traveller, Mr. Oyekunle AbdulAzeez, told hotjist.com that, “I came into Lagos from Ibadan this morning on the 8am train service, I had to use a commercial motorcycle to effect my tasks on Lagos Island.

“In order to avoid the gridlock on the roads, I have decided to go back to Ibadan by train.”

In response to the untold hardship suffered by road users on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has deployed 20 motorcycle teams of traffic policemen to the Kara Livestock Market end of the highway to ensure smooth flow of traffic and prevent crime.

Police Motorcycle Teams at Kara Livestock Market on the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway 

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