The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ogun chapter, on Wednesday in Sango-Ota, blocked the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway over the deplorable state of the highway.
The NLC Lagos chapter of the congress joined their Ogun counterpart to stage the protest.
The protesters carried placards with inscriptions, ‘We don’t want palliatives’, ‘we want good roads’, ‘Dapo Abiodun save our souls from bad roads’, and ‘We are not slaves in our country’.
The NLC chairman in Ogun, Emmanuel Bankole, said the NLC was not happy with the condition of portions of the Lagos-Abeokuta and its environs.
“We will not allow anybody to take away our right. In times like this, we do not have any option other than to express our displeasure with the government,” he said.
The chairman added that the 21 days ultimatum given by NLC after the visit of Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola to Sango-Ota, had lapsed.
Mr Bankole explained that Mr Fashola promised to commence palliative work on the road, but nothing much had been done since then.
“We deserve better than what we have seen today. What we see today is below our expectations,” he said.
The NLC chairman in Lagos, Funmi Sessi, added, “We believe in action and the time for talking is gone. There is an urgent need to ameliorate the sufferings of the masses.”
Ms Sessi noted that the action was long overdue as people were inflicted with serious pains following the deplorable condition of the Sango-Ota portion of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.
She further stated that members of the Lagos chapter of NLC came to partner its colleagues in Ogun in the struggle to ensure good roads are delivered to the state’s residents.