Traders in Alaba International Market have commended the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on his promise to complete the currently abandoned Lagos-Badagry Expressway before the end of the year.
Recall that Sanwo-Olu had said while inspecting the 10-lane road project that his administration would complete the road from Maza-Maza to Okokomaiko before the end of the year.
Reacting to this developmemt, the Vice Chairman, International Market Association Electronics (IMAE), Chief Camilus Amajuoyi described Governor Sanwo-Olu as the one God has sent to ameliorate the suffering of the traders making use of the road.
According to him, for the governor to inspect the road barely two days after his swearing-in showed that he is truly a listening leader.
He said that Sanwo-Olu has shown that he is not a man of rhetoric, but man of action.
Chief Amajuoyi pointed out that the Lagos-Badagry expressway has become a stumbling block to Igbo importers whose containers fall on a daily basis on the road.
He, therefore, said that with Sanwo-Olu as the new governor of Lagos State, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.
“I want to say that the man who would rescue Igbo businessmen and women from bondage has come. My people say that it is from morning that we would have an idea of what the day would be like. By coming to inspect the Lagos-Badagry Expressway barely 48 hours after taking oath of office shows a man who is ready to address the plight of the masses living or doing business in the area because there is no type of appeal that we did not make to the immediate past administration, but our pleas fell on deaf ears.
“Millions of naira are being wasted on the road on a daily basis because our containers usually fall on the road. Even trailer drivers hardly agree to ply the road and for them to go, they would triple the cost. I am, therefore, using this medium to appeal to all Lagosians to give maximum support to the Sanwo-Olu led administration. He is going to make Lagos State a better place for us all. He had started well and I know that he is going to end on a flying note,” Amajuoyi said.
Also contributing, the Public Relations Officer of the association, Maduabuchi Adiukwu, said that the inspection by the governor has given them new hope.
He disclosed that the mood of the traders in the market have changed for the better.
His words: “To be honest with you. Alaba traders are already celebrating. The state of hopelessness which we found ourselves varnished immediately after we received the news of the governor`s promise to complete the road before the end of the year. We have lost a lot as a result of the deplorable state of Lagos-Badagry Expressway. Even a lot of our customers are now going to other markets. We are hoping that the governor should make good his promise and relieve us from this bondage”.