On my way to work three Fridays ago on a major expressway just by University of Abuja Staff quarters, I saw an accident that involved six vehicles; two trucks, a commuter bus and three saloon cars.
Tens of passengers from the vehicles involved stood by the road all looking dejected and beside them were two disgruntled young men involved in a physical combat and people around seem to not to care to separate them.
And at the other side of the lane stood the construction vehicles and tools of DANTATA & SAWOE Construction Company (Nigeria) Ltd.
I don't know if there were casualties but it would take only God for there not to have been.
I was surprised to find out that a road construction was on-going on my way from work the day before. There was no notification that there will be such when I plied the road that morning neither was there any sign that a construction was going on kilometres ahead until the point where the road was diverted.
That led to chaos and Gridlock because almost every commuter of that road was taken unaware. Little wonder the accident I saw the following day.
I don’t know if to call that murder or negligence because I can’t fathom how a prominent construction company will begin re-constructing a major high way that serves as the only connecting route from the north to the other parts of Nigeria without proper notification.
I don’t know much about the ethics of road construction but I can’t figure out why there was no prominent sign to indicate to road users that a diversion was ahead?
I still can’t figure out how a company with ‘seeming’ reputation in Nigeria’s construction sector will be so dumb not to have done things right.
The construction stalled after the accident and two Saturday ago, they commenced work again, this time with lots of signs and notification and I wondered; do we have spill blood before doing things right?
I would have thought that after such committing such negligence that the contract will be given to another company who understands the ethics of road construction but that did not happen.
I would have thought that such negligence would have been enough to revoke their license, but I was wrong.
And while I looked on at the draggy road construction on my way to work this morning and wondered at the impunity of the contractor to have carried on unperturbed without counting the cost of their negligence to the people involved and the general, I concluded that only two things were responsible;
Lack of respect for the human person and leniency of a system whose law is as good as a toothless bulldog.
With a heavy heart; I sighed and looked away.