The Federal Authorities, Julius Berger and the Reynolds Development Firm accused truck drivers of negatively impacting the progress of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The mission’s contractors, Messrs. Julius Berger and Reynolds Development Firm, accused truck drivers positioned in Ogere for damaging some accomplished stretches of the highway.
Govt Director Julius Berger Lavs Richter, on an inspection go to on Saturday, defined that staff skilled a collection of truck congestion on the highway.
Richter stated: “We discovered congestion bottlenecks because of damaged automobiles and visitors accidents. This results in a discount in our response time between strains of communication established between varied businesses. “
The contractor answerable for the Lagos-Shagamu part of the highway stated it needed to work with visitors businesses just like the Federal Highway Security Corps and the Lagos State Site visitors Administration Company to include the congestion attributable to the slender lane.
The Managing Director, RCC, Nabeel Esawi, particularly set off the alarm about truck drivers who delayed building work by damaging the modernized bitumen used on the highway.
He stated: “As talked about by Julius Berger’s MD, we’ve greater than 40,000 automobiles driving on this highway every day. These 40,000 automobiles contain vans.
“The vital factor is the hundreds they carry. We observed 8,600 passengers passing by way of right here daily and we’ve 17,000 giant automobiles. Greater than 50 p.c of the automobiles on this highway are heavy vans.
“I need to draw your consideration to the principle problem on the Ogere caravan park. All trailers violate the rule by parking alongside the newly laid asphalt. We’re additionally doing repairs alongside the asphalt, however diesel and oil are rubbing on the asphalt and it’s dying.
“We’d like an answer for that. This parking zone is inflicting quite a lot of visitors to the newly constructed highway and slowing down the work. “
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State additionally regretted heavy visitors in Ogere.
Abiodun stated: “For the previous two to 3 weeks, the Shagamu-Ogere highway has been a nightmare. In reality, I needed to get out of my automobile to regulate visitors at one level. “
Whereas commissioning the FRSC sector commander to do his job, he recounted how he spent 4 hours returning house, saying that he had arrange a job power for this function.
The governor expressed the state authorities’s want to rehabilitate the park, hoping to have a sequencing commonplace for vans, by urging contractors to hurry up highway work.
In response, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, stated he was making an attempt to make sure the completion of important tasks that had lengthy antagonized Nigerians.
Fashola stated the Abuja-Kano highway began out as an N155bn mission, however that substantial variations have taken place. He added that the Lagos-Ibadan highway at the moment prices N311 billion, whereas the Second Bridge in Niger additionally prices N414 billion.
The minister praised the president, Main Basic Muhammadu Buhari (retd), for making an attempt to finish the trail amid the disaster financial system.
He stated: “All of that is taking place when the value of oil rises to $ 40. Even when oil drops to zero, he (Buhari) will do his greatest to finish this mission. That’s the reason we’ve this strategic dedication with the Nigeria Sovereign Funding Authority to extend funding, in order that crucial tasks are accomplished.
“Roads are strategic connections for Nigeria. Abuja-Kano connects North-Central Nigeria. The second bridge in Niger connects east and west. Lagos-Ibadan is a connection to ports and borders.
“That is the highway that takes our gas; transports containers from the port exterior Lagos. It additionally brings greens, meals, Northern cattle to the Mile 12 market and Slaughterhouse in Agege. If the roads should not made, the prosperity of Nigerians will likely be affected. Whereas we’re constructing this highway, the journey time will enhance every time. “
Concerning the length of the development, Fashola said that the highway was first awarded in April 1974 and accomplished 4 years later. He requested for persistence amongst highway customers.
The minister additionally instructed truck drivers to cease interrupting the development of roads with spills of diesel oil on the asphalt.