Abiodun meets controller of works, contractor over accidents on Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, at the weekend met with the Federal Controller of Works in the state, Umar Bakare, an engineer and representatives of Reynolds Construction Company (RCC), handling the reconstruction of Ogun section of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway over incessant carnage, road crashes and loss of lives along axis.
Speaking after the meeting held at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya, explained that the meeting facilitated by the Governor was to map out strategies to reduce carnage on the expressway as a result of accidents, such as the recent tanker explosions at Ogere section.
He said that based on the directive of the governor, there would be changes on the road signs, improvement of the traffic management, while the pace of work will increase.
The Commissioner disclosed that the best part of the road will be open to traffic during the yuletide season, adding that it will be fully completed in January, 2022.
According to him, the governor is determined to prevent reoccurrence of Ogere inferno, which claimed five lives and destroyed property worth several millions of naira.
In his remarks, Bakare, said the contractor was fully aware of the need to ensure adequate traffic signs on the road and disclosed that the contractor was committed to improving traffic management on the road.
Bakare, who also disclosed that the contractor handling the project has requested for sensitisation of the public on the need to be careful on the road, which is now a dual carriage way, added that reinforcement would be needed along the stretch where construction is currently going on.
“The representative of the contractor, Engr. Yuri, who is the Area Manager, has promised that the whole stretch of road will be completed before the end of January 2022.
“He also promised that towards the end of the year, that section of the road will be partially completed and totally opened to traffic, so that there won’t be any lockjams during the yuletide season.
“The contractor has committed to improve on their traffic management and they have also requested for further sensitization of the public on the construction work going on and in respect to road signs. And they also requested for additional reinforcement within the stretch where work is ongoing at Ogere where we have a lot of trucks, tankers and all sorts of articulated vehicles that usually park on the road,” Bakare stated.
Also, Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Waheed Odusile, noted that the meeting was to ensure that preventable and avoidable accidents do not occur again on the road.
He restated the state government’s determination to ensure the safety of life and property on the expressway.