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‘Lagos-Ibadan expressway important to govt’

‘Lagos-Ibadan expressway important to govt’

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The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, has described the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as special “and very dear to the Federal Government.” Kuti made this statement while declaring some sections of the road opened  ahead of the yuletide. He also used the occasion to inspect the level of progress made on the  repair work on the Ikorodu-Sagamu Road.

According to the controller, the fact that the Lagos-Ibadan expressway connects the Apapa ports and terminates in the northern part of the country and accommodating traffic from the 36 states of the federation, makes it a road of huge importance to the country; hence the speedy completion of repairs around the construction zones and opening the highway to traffic.

“A lot of people are coming out of Lagos going home for the celebration and some are also coming in from all the states of the federation into Lagos. What we are doing today is to open up all the construction areas and open up the entire highway to traffic for this period, we will resume our work in January, “he assured.

Kuti said that section one of the project which spans from Ojota in Lagos to the Sagamu Interchange was awarded at an initial cost of N70 billion, but the sum was reviewed upward after additional works was added to the project to N134 billion. He the increase in the volume of work on site meant an extension of completion time on the project.

“For now we are opening up this road for the use of the motoring public and I want to also seize this opportunity on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Power, Works and Housing to appeal to motorists and commuters using this road to drive safely with caution, observe all traffic rules and regulations including speed limits.

To this end, he said the ministry was handing over the road temporarily to the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC), so that they could take control of traffic on the road.

Assuring the Controller of its readiness, the Sector Commander of the FRSC, Ogun State Command, Clement Oladele, said that the Corps would be on 24 hours surveillance of the highway to prevent gridlock and accidents, adding that a special operations unit had been set up by the FRSC for the Yuletide season to manage traffic on the highway from December 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019.

Oladele revealed that in 2017, the Lagos to Ogun end of the highway recorded 1.8 million travelers, while so far this year, about two million travelers have used the highway. “We are estimating that a minimum of 350,000 vehicles will move on this road this season. I want to assure the motoring public that FRSC is here, we have commenced 24 hours operations since the beginning of the month just to ensure people travel in safety with minimal discomfort,” he said.

Motorists expressed satisfaction with the opening of the road, especially at this period, saying it would make their journey easier and faster. They expressed their appreciation to the Federal Government for the efforts so far on the road, urging her to complete the road on schedule.

Also at the construction site of the13 kilometers Ikorodu-Sagamu Road, Kuti was emphatic that the road’s importance cannot be over emphasised because it not only links the Ikorodu Division of Lagos State to the Sagamu Division in Ogun State, but because it will ease traffic and further prolong the lifespan of the Lagos -Ibadan expressway because when completed, it will disperse huge traffic from the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“The project is actually starting from Lagos and terminating in Sagamu and the method the contractor is adopting is to work at the critical sections and then later we link them up. Government is passionate about completing repairs of the highway as it also serves as alternative route to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,” Kuti said.

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