Help us repair Lagos-Badagry Road – Oparah

Seme-Badagry Customs Command based customs agent, Dr. Emma Ogu Oparah, has commended the Lagos State Government for its steadfast commitment to the ongoing reconstruction of the Mile 2 – Badagry – Seme Expressway while berating the Economy Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their failure to release the counterpart funds needed for a quick completion of the road.
Oparah gave the commendation in an interview with PortNewsNigeria in Lagos noting that the road is basically an international way linking West African countries and is therefore a responsibility of the ECOWAS.
“That road is an internationally strategic, economic road. It used to be the route of ambassadors, envoys and top diplomats coming to Nigeria. But because of its terrible state, these personalities prefer to come in by air,” observed Dr. Oparah, who said that a journey between Lagos and Seme which used to take about forty five minutes now takes many hours.
Dr. Oparah who is the Secretary General of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) appealed to the Federal Government to repair the Nigerian portion between Badagry and Ijanikin as a matter of urgency to stem the incidence of motor accidents, loss of lives, vehicle truck breakdown and the attendant loss of billion of Naira.
“Customs agents and other stakeholders still operating in Seme are suffering because of this bad road. Our suffering and losses cannot be quantified. If ECOWAS is not forthcoming because of funds, the Federal Government should emulate and assist the Lagos State Government to fix the road. It is a livewire of our economy, but no importer wants to use Seme because of the pitiable state of the road. Eighty percent of our trucks carrying goods break down on that road. The importers now prefer sea or the air. Customs agents in Seme are having it real rough. This is an SOS to the FG to help us out quick,” lamented the one-time Seme ANLCA Chairman.
Oparah however said that goods transit through the road to Lagos is much easier since the present administration of customs came on board. “The CG and the CAC have removed the many naggy checkpoints and we are grateful.”

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