Work on Lagos/Badagry express road satisfactory, says Fashola
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, expressed satisfaction with the progress of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation project during an inspection of the highway. He noted that Nigeria had shown leadership by starting construction of its side of the project, which is part of the Lagos-Abidjan Highway serving over 40 million commuters traveling to Ivory Coast. The financing for section three is sustainable because NNPC has taken over the funding, and three independent contractors are working on the highway under the supervision of Lagos State government, FERMA, and the Federal Ministry of Works. The traditional ruler of Ibereko, Badagry, Oba Isreal Okoya, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the project and called for a speedy completion of the project so that the communities could reap the full benefits.
Fashola also promised that the contractor handling the Lagos/Abeokuta express road would soon return to site as the Federal Government is doing everything possible to fix all federal roads in Ogun State. The minister cited the Lagos/Abeokuta expressway, Sagamu/Ogijo road, and Sango-Ota/Idiroko Roads as three of the federal roads receiving attention. He was represented by the Federal Roads Controller in the state, Forosola Oloyede, after opening the 850km inner road within the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, as part of initiatives to rehabilitate internal roads of tertiary institutions and medical centers across the six geo-political zones.
The contractor handling the Sagamu/Ogijo road had completed 23 kilometers of the 30.04 kilometers road, and Fashola was confident that the work would be completed before the year ends. The minister urged the referral health facility to make good use of the 850km FMC inner road. There have been interventions on the Ota/Idiroko road, and the big one will come soon, which will be full rehabilitation. Also, Globacom has indicated interest to partner with the ministry on a tax credit scheme, and everyone will see it soon. The Federal Government is aware of the people’s pains and is doing all it can to address them. Many roads in the country are begging for attention, and if three roads are picked from the Southwest, other zones need to benefit as well. The Federal Government is not watching but is part of the people and lives in this environment and passes through the roads.