There are fears of a looming tragedy at the Lambe area of Ogun State, as a petrol tanker has reportedly fallen Friday morning. The tanker fell due to the poor condition of the road around one of the offices of a private company known as THREECO, located after the uncompleted bridge between Ekun village and Lambe junction. It was believed to have passed through the popular Giwa junction, around Oke Aro area, not far from where Ogun State shares boundary with (Ifako Ijaiye local government area of) Lagos State.
The area has been cordoned off by the police, but it is not certain what arrangements are being made to transload the content of the tanker. Already the content is leaking into the road and gutter. Reports say that link roads around the place have been blocked by community leaders to avoid motorists using the routes to connect Lagos state. There is panic in the area because of fears that, as is the custom, emergency response time in Ogun State is low.
This is coming weeks after a gas explosion at the Ifako Ijaiye local government area claimed lives and properties.
There have been an outcry over the parlous state of the road, which construction was abandoned by the Ibikunle Amosun government despite starting it early in his first term in office. The 42 kilometre road links Sango with Ojodu Berger, in Lagos. Though the current government started what appeared like a palliative measure around Alagbole/Akute axis following media campaigns, that has stopped and what was done appeared to have been partly washed away by the rain.
But a substantial part of the road collapsed even before Amosun left office, and the Dapo Abiodun administration that took over from him is yet to give adequate attention to the road.