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FG targets 2022 for completion of Lagos-Abeokuta road

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[FILES] A bad portion of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway at Kola Bus Stop… yesterday.<br />PHOTO: AYODELE ADENIRAN

Faults Ogun agencies, traders over the slow pace of work 

The Federal Government yesterday gave the 2022 deadline for the completion of the Lagos- Abeokuta Expressway in order to ameliorate sufferings on the highway.

Federal Controller, Lagos, Engineer Kayode Popoola, disclosed this while inspecting the

progress of work on the highway.

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Popoola, who was represented by Lagos state Project Coordinator, Engineer. Wale Adebote, explained that the 18-kilometre road, which was awarded in 2018, is in sections, each covering about 14 widths, saying section one starts from ILe-Zik Bus Stop down to Ota flyover.

According to him, the contractors did not commence work on the road since it was awarded, until 2020.

The project is sponsored with SUKUK intervention at the earlier stage is focused on the Abeokuta-Lagos lane in which after its completion, all traffic would be diverted to the lane in order to concentrate on the other Lagos-Abeokuta lane.

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He said: “The road would be dualised after its completion,  to further ease movement and ameliorate traffic issues on the axis, while work goes on on other axis heading from Lagos.”

Highlighting the challenges faced in the course of executing the project, the controller said the flood has impeded the progress of work at Ajala Bus and Kola Bus Stops.

Explaining how the challenges were tackled, he said: “We constructed a large culvert on both sides for effective flow of flood. With this, the problem of flooding in the area will reduce.”

MEANWHILE, Ogun State Federal Controller, Engineer Umar Bakare, has blamed roadside traders and Ogun State security agencies for the slow pace of work on the highway.

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He bemoaned the reckless activities of the roadside traders who empty their wastes into the major waterways in the area, thereby forcing the flood to the highway when it rains.

Apart from this, Bakare alleged that some security agencies attached to Ogun State contribute to the hardship faced daily on the road as they don’t only extort motorists but deny articulated vehicles from using the Sango-Ota flyover.

He said: “The flyover was among the best in the country, but some agencies like TRACE in Ogun State don’t allow heavy vehicles to use it.

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“Had the flyover been utilised as planned, we won’t be having these grievances occasioned by traffic on the road.”

Bakare added that part of the challenges stalling progress on Lagos-Abeokuta road was the devastating condition of Ota/idi-Iroko federal road, which links to several industries and institutions such as the Dangote Cement factory, Covenant, and Baze University.

Apart from this, the road also links to other neighbouring countries like Benin Republic.

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Assuring residents of its reconstruction, he disclosed that the Ijoko road had been awarded under the Tax Audit Scheme, remarking that documentation for the commencement of the road is under discussion.

“While the documentation is ongoing, the Federal Ministry of Works in synergy with the Ogun State government are in crucial talks to make the road motorable”, said Bakare.

In view of this, Ogun State, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Engineer Yusuf Lateef, affirmed that  maintenance of the road would soon begin. This, according to him would ease the usual difficulties on the road.

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