Naijauto has noted the increased traffic on the road to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport which if not put into consideration by the teeming travellers, might lead to passengers missing their flights.
This has warranted the timely warning by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), that passengers should consider the traffic to the airport, so as not to miss their flights.
This has become necessary as the on-going ten-lane road works leading to the International Airport has gotten to its peak. With the Oshodi link to the airport being under construction for about a year, traffic has recently increased, causing travelers to find their way to the airport using different means.
There seem to be an increased level of activity on the construction work as the contractor handling the job has a May 29 handover date. This is to enable closure with the transition of power to the new governor-elect as this project is being handled by the Lagos state government, led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
The hardship experienced by pedestrians, and especially the travelling passengers since last week, has caused them to find alternative means to get to the airport. Other means like taking Okada while carrying their travelling bags on their head has been a common scene, in trying to avoid missing their flights.
Some passengers were seen carrying their bags on Okadas in order not to miss their flights!
According to observations, the traffic sometimes extends from the toll gate towards Concord, and can sometimes elongate to Beesam as workers close from work, but it has been easier from the local airport axis towards the international airport.
Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, the General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, has warned passengers to set out early in order to avoid missing their flights due to the heavy traffic.
She was quoted as saying:
“This advice has become necessary due to the traffic gridlock experienced by road users along this axis”. She also added that if passengers set out in time, it will enable them to meet up their flight as well as going through all the necessary check-in easily.
“We apologise for the inconveniences being encountered by passengers due to the situation; the Authority has already mobilized security agencies to ensure that the situation is effectively managed”,
Henrietta had said.
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