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How Jonathan stalled Lagos-Ibadan expressway project, by Babalakin

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The Chairman of Bi-Courtney Nigeria Limited, Wale Babalakin

Chairman of Bi-Courtney Construction Company, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), has alleged that the interference of the Goodluck Jonathan administration in the Lagos-Ibadan road project was responsible for its unending completion.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Babalakin said this in Gbongan, Osun State, during the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) 2018 policy meeting.

According to him, the road project, awarded to Bi-Courtney Construction under concession arrangement by late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2009, would have been completed before 2014 at the cost of N112 billion if not for that interference.

“If the ill-advised move that led Jonathan’s administration to interfere with the Lagos-Ibadan road project had not happened, the road would have been completed on or before 2014.

“It would have had been an eight-lane highway with seven overhead bridges and thought-out facilities at a cost not exceeding N112 billion.

“Today, we are faced with an unending project with indeterminable cost and maximum inconvenience to road users,” he said.

Babalakin stated that the best way to develop infrastructure in Nigeria is to support and enhance those who have vision and imagination to create projects and see them to completion.


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