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Every Day, We Live In Fear Of Being Crushed By Falling Containers –Motorists In Apapa

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Isaac Omoefe, a commercial motorcyclist, lives in fear of dying a horrible death daily. He goes out every day hoping it won’t be his last. He works along Mile 2 – Apapa Port route, transporting passengers through a section of the route along the Oshodi/Apapa Expressway. That section of the road, from Berger Yard to First Gate bus stop, is currently in such a bad condition that only motorcycles, popularly known as ‘okada’, and trucks, which ferry heavy containers to and from the port, are able to ply the road. Normal vehicles, including commercial buses, are not using the road at the moment.

Omoefe highlighted the perilous nature of movement on that route after our correspondent, who was heading to Apapa, admonished him to drive carefully as the motorcycle skidded and lurched on the uneven, potholes and ditches-infested, muddy, flooded ground.



“Any okada rider can die at any moment on this road; our passengers could also suffer the same fate. I’m afraid every day, knowing death can come anytime on this road. These trucks that are carrying containers can fall anytime, without notice, and if you are unlucky, it could land on you. If the truck or the container falls on you, you are not likely to survive it,” he said.

“Many okada riders and passengers have died after a truck or a container fell on them on this road. Even yesterday (Monday, July 1, 2019), a truck and the container it was carrying fell on an okada rider and his passenger – both of them died on the spot. Trucks and their containers fall on this road every day.”

“There is no other work for me to do, and if I stay at home, who will give me money? When you have responsibilities you have to work no matter the risks involved. Any human being will die when it is time, and besides, some people sit at home and death still meet them there,” the okada man added when our correspondent asked why so many okada riders plied the road, despite the apparent risks involved.

According to Omoefe, thousands of okada riders are operating on the route, which stretches all the way from Kirikiri to Apapa Wharf. Our correspondent could not confirm the veracity of the figure, but hundreds of aggressive, determined commercial motorcyclists could be seen traversing the area like a swarm of bees.

Omoefe, with our correspondent on board, was still talking as he navigated the treacherous route when, without any notice, the horde of advancing okada riders – who were coming from the two opposite directions, from Mile 2 to Apapa, and from Apapa to Mile 2 – and their pensive passengers suddenly stopped on their tracks as, all of a sudden, one of the numerous container-laden trucks on the dilapidated road fell off with a heavy thud on the flooded, pot-hole filled ground. Dirty, muddy, smelly water splashed in all directions, drenching the okada riders and their passengers, most of who let out loud gasps of despair, fear and excitement. It was a close shave – the truck and its container did not fall on anybody. Some passengers, annoyed that muddy shower had soiled their clothes yet again, vented their frustration with angry, indignant outbursts. But they were all lucky – the truck and the container it was carrying could have crushed anyone of them at that moment.

Scenarios like this have become normal for okada riders, and their passengers, on the Berger Yard to First Gate section of the Mile 2 – Apapa Road, leading to Apapa Port. Had it been that the road was in a good condition, it would have been a very short, convenient route to the port. But, due to the deplorable state of the road, the distance, which, ordinarily, should not be more than a 10-minute drive, cannot be covered in less than 30 minutes, with motorcycles. With a larger vehicle, motorists could spend the whole day there. Parts of the road have broken down completely, with ditches and potholes – some as large as ponds – littered at several points along the route.

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Good information to our government

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This Is The People Voice, The Government Should Find A Solution To It.

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True story tho

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[ @Kallmemrb66: ] Isaac Omoefe, a commercial motorcyclist, lives in fear of dying a horrible death daily. He goes out every day hoping it won’t be his last. He works along Mile 2 – Apapa Port route, transporting passengers through a section of the route along the Oshodi/Apapa Expressway. That section of the road, from Berger Yard to First Gate bus stop, is currently in such a bad condition that only motorcycles, popularly known as ‘okada’, and trucks, which ferry heavy containers to and from the port, are able to ply the road. Normal vehicles, including commercial buses, are not using the road at the moment.

Omoefe highlighted the perilous nature of movement on that route after our correspondent, who was heading to Apapa, admonished him to drive carefully as the motorcycle skidded and lurched on the uneven, potholes and ditches-infested, muddy, flooded ground.



“Any okada rider can die at any moment on this road; our passengers could also suffer the same fate. I’m afraid every day, knowing death can come anytime on this road. These trucks that are carrying containers can fall anytime, without notice, and if you are unlucky, it could land on you. If the truck or the container falls on you, you are not likely to survive it,” he said.

“Many okada riders and passengers have died after a truck or a container fell on them on this road. Even yesterday (Monday, July 1, 2019), a truck and the container it was carrying fell on an okada rider and his passenger – both of them died on the spot. Trucks and their containers fall on this road every day.”

“There is no other work for me to do, and if I stay at home, who will give me money? When you have responsibilities you have to work no matter the risks involved. Any human being will die when it is time, and besides, some people sit at home and death still meet them there,” the okada man added when our correspondent asked why so many okada riders plied the road, despite the apparent risks involved.

According to Omoefe, thousands of okada riders are operating on the route, which stretches all the way from Kirikiri to Apapa Wharf. Our correspondent could not confirm the veracity of the figure, but hundreds of aggressive, determined commercial motorcyclists could be seen traversing the area like a swarm of bees.

Omoefe, with our correspondent on board, was still talking as he navigated the treacherous route when, without any notice, the horde of advancing okada riders – who were coming from the two opposite directions, from Mile 2 to Apapa, and from Apapa to Mile 2 – and their pensive passengers suddenly stopped on their tracks as, all of a sudden, one of the numerous container-laden trucks on the dilapidated road fell off with a heavy thud on the flooded, pot-hole filled ground. Dirty, muddy, smelly water splashed in all directions, drenching the okada riders and their passengers, most of who let out loud gasps of despair, fear and excitement. It was a close shave – the truck and its container did not fall on anybody. Some passengers, annoyed that muddy shower had soiled their clothes yet again, vented their frustration with angry, indignant outbursts. But they were all lucky – the truck and the container it was carrying could have crushed anyone of them at that moment.

Scenarios like this have become normal for okada riders, and their passengers, on the Berger Yard to First Gate section of the Mile 2 – Apapa Road, leading to Apapa Port. Had it been that the road was in a good condition, it would have been a very short, convenient route to the port. But, due to the deplorable state of the road, the distance, which, ordinarily, should not be more than a 10-minute drive, cannot be covered in less than 30 minutes, with motorcycles. With a larger vehicle, motorists could spend the whole day there. Parts of the road have broken down completely, with ditches and potholes – some as large as ponds – littered at several points along the route.

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Those containers and trucks needs to be checked.

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That's really sad

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it is really alarming and threatening, moving along the said axis owing to dangerous accidents that could occur there as a result of the deplorable state of the road.

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Everything gon be good

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the companies that owns these tankers should consider people on the road,same with all these tanker drivers they should stop driving anyhow
the motorists should also mind their speed and mode of overtaking

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Many okada riders and passengers have died after a truck or a container fell on them on this road. Even yesterday (Monday, July 1, 2019), a truck and the container it was carrying fell on an okada rider and his passenger – both of them died on the spot. Trucks and their containers fall on this road every day.”

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God be with them all.

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This is amazing

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there always fear and panick when a aticulated vechcule pass beside you talklesr of facing more than 50

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this is really terrible

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god pls HV mercy on this people

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that is really bad, like very bad. we need good roads in our country

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