Commuters and motorists groan as rain worsens Lagos traffic jam

Commuters and motorists were stuck in severe traffic jams for hours yesterday following a torrential downpour that lasted for many hours.

Places on Lagos Island like Dolphin Estate, Lekki and other areas were flooded following the torrential rains that occurred in major cities in the southwest of the country.

Commuters on the inner Lagos section of the Lagos-Ibadan highway: junction Mowe, Magboro, Arepo spent hours in traffic and lamented that public buses had driven up bus fares due to the rain that had added to the intermittent traffic congestion on the axis caused by the ongoing construction of a section of the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

Commuters along the Lagos – Abeokuta road also experienced traffic jams as many were seen going to a bus stop to continue the journey as there were flash floods along the road.

Officials from the Lagos Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) were in the main areas to control traffic and deal with damaged vehicles on the road.

A motorist noted that he sent more than two hours on the road to a destination that would normally take him thirty to forty-five minutes.

A commuter, Mr Abel Nwachukwu lamented that although he left home around 7am, he was still on his way to his office at 12 noon, saying the traffic jam was severe.

“I don’t know why the rain continued like this as we are still trying to deal with the slowdown (traffic) as you can see. The bus drivers even increased our fare to N700 from the normal fare which is N300 “It’s too much and I’m not at my workplace in Mushin yet. The government should help us and finish the construction in time to make it easier for us,” he said.

Another commuter who declined to give his name lamented that he was considering returning home as he might not get to work in time. He added that the difficulties were affecting his spending.

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