Lagos Policemen rehabilitate road, tackle traffic gridlock

Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu
Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu

Men of the Lagos State Police Command, Ejigbo Divisional Headquarters, led by the DPO, CSP Olabisi Okuwobi, have embarked on the rehabilitation and patching of roads in the community as part of efforts to boost the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the law enforcement agency.

The major work is being done on Biliaminu Akinsanya road, off NNPC road in Ejigbo, which used to cause accidents and traffic congestions on the roads in the area. Okuwobi mobilised her officers with some bags of granite, sand and cement to the many potholes on the road, which leads to the popular Ajao Estate, Isolo, Lagos.
Concerns about the perennial traffic congestion on the roads leading to Ejigbo and its environs, a source said, forced the hands of the policemen to effect the rehabilitation. Hence, they started looking for palliative measures and observed that potholes on the roads contributed hugely to the traffic making road users to stay on the roads for several hours on a daily basis.
“The police having noticed big potholes at the entrance, which slowed down vehicles from moving at the spot; thereby causing serious traffic build-up took the initiative,” the source said.
The officers moved materials from their station, went to the roads and started patching the potholes to the admiration of the residents, who then volunteered and joined in the process to make Ejigbo roads passable before work would commence on the roads as promised by the Government.
Being the first time the Nigeria Police Force will engage in this type of Corporate Social Responsibility, motorists and pedestrians could not hide their disbelief and shock that such a good gesture is coming from the much vilified organisation.
The NNPC road was known for traffic jam especially during rush hours which forces commuters to spend hours on the road and cause headache for traffic control personnel.
It is noted that the Ejigbo DPO do join her men to control traffic both at Jakande gate, NNPC junction and the Canoe road entrance to ease traffic jam.
The roads were rehabilitated to free up the road for easy movement, prevention of accidents and driving against traffic by desperate motorists. The Lagos State Police PRO, DSP Elkana Bala, has joined Lagosians to appreciate the action of policemen from its Ejigbo Division, whose service to the community has shown Nigerians that community oriented policing truly exist.
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