When the overhead bridge in Alagbole area of Ogun State, western Nigeria was proposed by Governor Ibikunle Amosun a couple of years ago, residents of the outskirt of Lagos State heaved a sigh of relief.
To residents of the suburb, the proposed overhead bridge, when finally constructed, would bring an end to the daily heavy traffic they experience on the one-lane road that leads to the area from Berger.
Unfortunately, barely a year since the construction of the bridge started, residents of Alagbole/Akute are already lamenting over the untold hardship which the construction work on the bridge has brought upon them.
Investigations reveal that prior to the commencement work on the new bridge, some residents in the area had their houses, shops, offices and other structures sacrificed through demolition for the new project.
While many others had their business ventures shattered as a result of the massive demolition that was carried out in the Alagbole/Akute area.
But since the work began, there have been several developments which have overwhelmed the residents of this area.
“First, they began to collect money from us like they at toll gates on express roads,” recalled Martins Onehai, a motorcycle rider in the area.