With the Dangote refinery project set to be delivered next year, Naijauto feels one big issue has still been left unattended, and this is the traffic situation that is going to be a direct consequence of siting such a huge project like this on the Lekki-Epe axis.
The accolades have been coming from all corners, praising the initiative to build a refinery such as this. The benefits are humongous no doubt as the international financial bodies including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has commended the initiative saying that it will boost economic growth.
However, the impact of this project might turn out to be worse on the populace if nothing is done fast to address the issue of traffic, and alternative access for the trucks that will eventually be plying the route in the nearest future.
With the already congested roads on the Lagos Island axis that includes Victoria Island, Victoria Garden City, Banana Island, Ikoyi and even Lagos Island with the popular Idumota and Balogun markets, it is better to find a lasting solution to the traffic in these areas before the refinery eventually kicks off.
Hello everyone, I left Lekki gardens estate ajah by 10pm April 5th 2019 heading to VGC, guess what? I’m still in traffic by 1:25am April 6th 2019. This is a 4km journey that takes less than 15mins. Lagos, I hail 🙌🏽🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/mWzswTXS0e— Herr J ♠ (@polluxXXVI) April 6, 2019
A driver had been stuck there for 4 hours while it was supposed to take him 15 minutes only.
The consequences of not finding an alternative for the already congested roads is only better imagined than experienced when the Refinery takes off in full force. This is because the existing Lekki-Epe expressway is just four lanes at best and is not adequate to contain the present traffic, let alone the projected traffic that is going to come up as a result of the refinery.
With all these common knowledge, it is a wonder that the government will even site the refinery at the Ibeju-Lekki end without making adequate provision for the envisioned traffic that is going to be generated. The present Apapa gridlock will become a joke when the envisaged traffic generated by the refinery begins if the government fails to make alternative access to the Free Trade Zone.
An example of the kind of expected traffic was experienced over the weekend on the 5th of April where Lekki residents were stuck in traffic for hours. Motorists spent hours for journeys that should last minutes, and some even had to sleep over in their cars till the next day due to the traffic.
This oil refinery, when finished, would cause much agony to the traffic nearby
If no alternative to the daily stress of traffic is found soon, then, the positive economic effect of building the refinery will have been lost. Instead what will be obtainable will be the increased health issues of the entire population of residents in this area, as stress never before is seen will be experienced.
The government will have to invest more in other forms of transportation within the state like the waterways and the light rail project to ease the traffic burdens of its citizens.
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