Amid the ongoing road and drainage rehabilitation in Satellite Town, contractors and residents have bemoaned the inconvenience being caused by tankers daily.
The ongoing rehabilitation of Marwa Road in Satellite Town has reportedly been delayed due to the congestion caused by tankers plying the road.
On a visit to Satellite Town, it was observed that multiple tankers plied Marwa Road to gain access to the tank farm in the area.
The Project Supervisor from Lagos State, Mr. Sulaiman Abdulrahman, said having tankers and containers is a major hindrance.
“That’s why we have the Navy with us here, so they are the ones assisting us with traffic, so when we have issues, they are the ones taking care of it.”
The Project Engineer for Craneburg, Mr. Akeju Ibrahim Olanrewaju said, “The challenge on the ground is pushing the company to produce less than 20% of their capacity per day because it’s a built-up area and it’s heavily loaded with tankers and containers.”
“It is hard for them to move their vehicles and all other machinery to and from the site, where they are expected to spend 30 minutes or 20 minutes. They spend about 2 to 3 hours getting the machine to the site and waiting for them to go and bring back new materials, which might be the whole of the day.”
Mr. Godwin Onwucha mechanic who claims to have lived in Satellite Town for 38 years said, “We experienced these tankers when they were coming. Some of us don’t have customers again because people cannot bring vehicles because tankers have blocked the roads. This is a residential area; they are not supposed to bring containers. An explosion can happen at any time, like the one that happened in Imo state. We are not comfortable; there’s no security about that.”
“Some of my customers have sold their houses because of the traffic. A drive of three minutes to five minutes will be five hours, so people are discouraged.”
He pleaded with the government to put Satellite Town in order so people could live in peace.
Ben Odogwu, a driver, expressed his frustration. He said, “Personally, the tanker issue has not been good because when you stay in a community, you will be looking at your house from a distance and you will not be able to gain access into your house.”
“Who can we fight? We can’t fight the government. So the government should please help us out and see to our challenges.”