With funding sorted, Fashola urges contractors to speed up work on 1,048km Lagos-Badagry road
Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja
Public Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has urged the contractor in charge of the 1,048 kilometer Lagos-Badagry highway to speed up work on the critical project.
Speaking during his work inspection tour on the ongoing rehabilitation and expansion of the road, the minister advised China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC) Nigeria Limited to employ more staff and get more equipment on site before the weather deteriorates.
“The main problem with the Lagos-Badagry highway project has always been funding and budget. Now, this has been significantly resolved with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme and the contractor is progressing with the project.
”The Lagos-Badagry axis is part of the Lagos-Abidjan highway which is approximately 1,048 kilometers long. It is also a very strategic investment that Nigeria is making as Nigeria’s contribution to West African trade and also for the local community,” he explained.
During the inspection, while interacting with the Oni Ibereko of Ibereko 1, Oba Israel Okoya, Fashola urged the monarch to discourage some community members from carrying construction materials.
He added that the materials were intended for road embankment but were taken away for personal use, urging him to tell his subjects in the area to stop trading at the roadside.
While speaking, Okoya said that the completed part of the road has brought relief to the people, explaining that in the past, Badagry to Agbara, which was a journey of about four to five hours, has been reduced to less than 30 minutes.
The monarch assured the minister that he would have meetings with his fellow chiefs and elders in the communities to ensure that people stopped trading by the side of the road, stressing that those carrying construction materials would be handed over to the police.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to complete the ongoing rehabilitation of the Odukpani-Itu-Ikot Ekpene road in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.
According to a statement, the director of road construction and rehabilitation of the ministry, Folorunsho Esan, spoke during the inspection of the works on the 83.3 km road managed by the companies Julius Berger, SERMATEC and CCECC. .
He called on state governments to prevail over their people who have structures on the hold to remove them so as not to frustrate the efforts of entrepreneurs.
“The challenges are mainly on the right-of-way. People have their structures on the right-of-way and that will delay the work. The land belongs to the States, they are the owners of the land, they are the ones who can talk to their people so that we have space to work,” he stressed.
He added that funding was not an issue as the road is also funded by NNPC under the tax credit scheme.
Similarly, during the inspection of the East-West road, at the Akwa Ibom axis, he indicated that it will soon be open to traffic.
“The contractor is working on the bridge so he can clear traffic to work across the road and they said it would take them eight weeks and we take their word for it,” he said. he declares.