"The road construction began four months ago and had been moving at snail speed. They said although construction workers were seen on the road everyday, they had nothing to show for it, urging government to facilitate its completion," the residents stated.
Magboro Road is about 7.5 km long and extends from Magboro Estate to the underpass on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
On Tuesday the correspondent visited the construction site and saw workers and bulldozers of First August Nigeria Limited, the construction company handling the road cpnstruction. The workers and trucks were clearing pathways and widening drainages.
A resident, Taiwo Orolu, said, “The progress is slow because I think the project is not mechanised. Many times, passengers fall from motorcycles because the roads are filled with water and mud.”
A trader in beverages and home utilities, Mrs Abiola Jose, said, “The rainy season has made the progress slower. I want to commend the workers. They even work in the rain. However, I think more should be done.”
Mrs. Alimot Razak, who sells provisions by the roadside, suggested that the company should employ more workers to “make the work faster since it is rainy season.”
A commercial motorcyclist, who pleaded anonymity, said, “upon commencement of the construction by the government, we expected that much would be done within short period of time.
“Even Governor Ibikunle Amosun came at the beginning of the construction. The tools used are not enough to get it done in time. The government should use more resources.”
Another resident, Bukola Oke, who sells children apparel in the area, said “the slow progression of the work could be due to funds for the project.”
Kazeem Ishola, a mechanic in Magboro, however said roads were not built in a day, “I think the construction is going on as planned. The workers demolished few structures and fences. I think they are doing very well.”
When the Ogun State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Yusuf Olaniyan, was called on the telephone, he said he was in a meeting and could not talk.