“I want them to reopen the road, I have lost a lot of customers because they can’t go all the way round because they want to play ‘Baba-Ijebu’, some of them do branch on their way to/from work.
“But now that they no longer pass this road, I hardly make sales daily, unlike before the closed road,” she said.
Chinyere Nworie, a plantain seller along the road said they (market) have gone to complain to the Nigeria Railway Commission, (NRC) and they were told that the road has been fixed.
She said; “When we went to complain to them, they said it is trucks that ply the road across the rail that spoilt it, market has been really doll as you can see people no longer take this route and we make sales when we have more people passing this route.”
David Tunrayo, a pet drink distributor, narrating his own ordeal said since the road was closed, sales have been dropped drastically.
“Normally, we sell up to 50 packs of drinks or more daily but now we hardly sell up to 20 packs.
“Moving the drinks into the shop when the company brings them to us is very stressful, we have to cross to the other side of the road to bring the drinks to the shop and trying to load in customer’s vehicle.
He accused the government of supporting them hence their refusal to ensure the road is reopen.
However, Khadijah Aroyewun-Adekomaiya, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC), in a chat with Newsbreak dissociated the corporation from road closure saying they had played their pert by fixing the damaged track.
Adekomaiya said where there is level-crossing, the railway are more prone to write-away, hence the call for road construction across the track.
“The construction of roads across the rail is the sole responsibility of the community, local and state government because the train was already moving before the road construction, so the rail has the right over the road.
“After the incident, it became eminent to improve the construction of the level crossing, it’s been observed that the level crossing is sloppy and measures need to be put in place to level it, thereby making it less vulnerable to destruction. That is the focus of the NRC,” she said.
She however condemned the activity of touts collecting money before allowing vehicles use the road.
She stated that the thugs were not acting on behalf of the NRC. She promised to report their activity to the engineering department of the corporation.
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