The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Sunday said the Federal Government would complete the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project despite scarce resources as a result of the sharp drop in oil prices.
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is a trunk A road located in the South-West region of Nigeria. It was contracted in two sections (I and II) to Messrs Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and Messrs Reymond Construction Limited respectively.
At an interactive town hall meeting with stakeholders at Ogere in Ogun State, Fashola told the contractors to ease traffic congestion during the forthcoming yuletide period.
He said the dual carriageway commenced from the old toll gate at Oregun/Ikosi-Ketu Lagos and terminated at Shagamu Interchange in Ogun State.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Boade Akinola, on Sunday.
Fashola noted that Section ll, about 84km, started from Sagamu Interchange to Ibadan and was being handled by RCC.
Fashola said the rehabilitation, construction and expansion of Lagos- Ibadan dual carriageway, construction of 2nd Niger bridge and the rehabilitation, construction and expansion of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano dual carriageway were strategic infrastructures development projects.
The minister was quoted as saying, “These highway projects are financed with the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund funded from the Sovereign Wealth Fund and they are national priority highway projects.”
Fashola appealed to contractors handling the project to accelerate work to ease traffic flow, especially during the forthcoming Christmas season.
The Director, Highways Construction and Rehabilitation of the ministry, Olufunsho Adebiyi, said the initial contract was only for the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and expansion of Section l (Lagos to Shagamu Interchange) and Section ll (Shagamu Interchange to Ibadan). He said it was also for the rehabilitation of existing bridges on the road.
Adebiyi stated that considering the heavy traffic on the highway, both contracts were changed to include the construction of new flyover bridges, interchanges, and pedestrian bridges, which made the contract sum to be at the tune of N134,861,785,702.80 and N176,503,901,413.68 for both sections 1 and 2 respectively.
The Managing-Director, RCC Limited, Nabeel Esawi, said work was moving on well on the project and that the total asphalt length in both directions of the road was 95km.
He promised that the work would be delivered on schedule.