FG urged to resume repair of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
OWING to the excruciating agony commuters and motorist experience on the road, a call has gone to the Federal Government to resume the on-going reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, stopped early this year, to save Nigerians from further suffering.
A socio-economic group in Ogun State, the Egba Economic Summit, in a statement signed yesterday by its President, Mr. Ayobami Biobaku said that the Federal Government should recall the contractor handling the Lagos-Sagamu interchange stretch of the road to improve economic activities in the area and to reduce the agony of the people who use the road.
The Lagos-Ibadan road is being redeveloped at a cost of N167 billion. The Lagos-Shagamu stretch of the road is being redeveloped by Julius Berger, while the Sagamu-Ibadan axis is being handled by RCC but work on both sections ceased when the President Muhammadu Buhari administration began.
According to Biobaku, it was also important for the Ogun State Government to contract a construction company to do palliative rehabilitation of some sections of that road that have deteriorated since the main contractor left the site.
Biobaku said, “We noticed that the contractor has moved out of site, leading to dilapidation of the road to the deplorable state it was in about two and a half years ago.
“The bad road adversely affects the socio-economic life of our people and negates the purpose of reconstructing the road,” adding that good roads were indispensable to the economic growth of any community where they are built.