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A hell called Limca Road

GBUBEMI GOD’S CONVENANT SNR visits Limca Road and x-rays the horror it represents to helpless road users. The popular Limca Road, about 200 meters from the Iyana- Isolo-Daleko Bridge, along Oshodi-Mile Two Expressway, is an eyesore and in desperate need of structural repairs and surface dressing.
Only about 300 meters in length, the road falls under the Isolo wing of the Lagos State Government (Ministry of Commerce & Industry) Small/Medium Scale Industrial Scheme. Limca Road is a significant exit route from the busy expressway, linking the heavy industrial estate with the Ilasa inroad going to Okota Estate to the left, and the Isolo-Ikotun road intersection to the right.
Flanked on both sides from beginning to its end are reputable expatriate companies and corporate organisations. Of note among them are the manufacturers of the popular Mandilas brand of airconditioners and refrigerators; Norman Industries Limited, a.k.a Norman Long; Aycee Limited; First Bank of Nigeria; Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cow Bell products and a division of Kewalram Chanrai Group (importers of Mitsubishi and other brand of vehicles) besides dozens of small and medium-scale industries most of which have closed down.
Dotted along the road too are numerous Asian Excise Factories licensed by the Board of Customs & Excise to manufacture beauty products, toiletries and the popular Storex plastic water tanks. Daily Times effort to speak with managers of some of the companies was met with stiff resistance as their subordinates said the matter was not their business to discuss with the press.
Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, a multilocal food manufacturer that has its roots firmly established in Africa, Olivier Thiry, required that our correspondent send an email requesting for an appointment before a discussion could be considered. A director of one of the nonfunctioning medium-scale industries who spoke to Daily Times in confidence said the state of the small road was a picture of government attitude to industrial growth. “All the small and medium- scale industries here are in the same state as Limca Road because of government policies that cripple local manufacture and allow import of substandard foreign products into the country.” One David Onojaefe, a businessman who managed to struggle through the road told Daily Times he was amazed that nobody was concerned that the road was causing motorists and other road users a great deal of stress and damage to their vehicles.
“How can all these companies ignore even their own premises, so much that it is already impassable when the rain has not even started? I wish I had business with some of them, the first question I would have liked to ask them is why they refuse to repair their own premises, why they put their customers in such stress just to come and do business with them.” “Everything should not be left to Government,” said a trailer driver who spoke to our correspondent. “If all these companies contribute ordinary N25,000 each, this road will be good for everybody. I don’t know why even the oyinbos have started doing like black man. It is a shame to all the companies for this road to be like this.”
Customers of First Bank who spoke to our correspondent complained about the horrible state of the road. “Every time I have to come here, I dread this road,” Mrs. Christiana, a civil servant, told Daily Times. “That First Bank makes their customers face this stress is unacceptable. I have complained to the manager several times, but it is no use. My tire was punctured on this road last week and it took many hours of my time to fix it. I don’t have to face that. If it is not for the bank’s corporate tie with my office, I won’t continue with this branch.” Mr. Richard Okafor, the driver of a sales van that managed to swim through a pool already nicknamed ‘Limca River’ told Daily Times that the worst time is the raining season. “This problem has been here for a long time; all the companies refuse to repair the small road even for their customers’ sake.
“It is my lucky day, which is why I passed Limca River today without sinking. I got stuck last Tuesday but I cannot avoid using this exit from the expressway because I make supplies to many depots and representatives of manufacturers in Ilasa and Okota estates.” A vulcaniser on the road who craved anonymity said though his business was not doing badly since he opened his Limca Road branch, he wished that the road could be repaired. “I feel for motorists and other people using the road. It is going to be worse when the rain begins heavily. Last year, this place was so bad that after a heavy rain, I could not even come out for business. It is good that the companies should repair it.”

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