Lagos-Badagry expressway: Fashola cautions thieves

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Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola during inspection of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway on Friday

By Grace Alegba and Raji Rasaki.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Friday, appealed to residents along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway to resist the theft of construction materials on-site for the speedy completion of the project.

Fashola made the appeal during an on-the-spot inspection of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway project.

He said he received information that some people took sand from the construction site to use for their buildings and other purposes, noting that such actions would lead to degradation of the road while still under construction.

He said the Lagos-Badagry Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation project was now enjoying steady funding, unlike before.

He added that the early 2023 target for completion of the highway depended on factors like weather, traffic management, and the cooperation of the communities.

Fashola appealed to communities along the corridor of the project to be patient and compliant with traffic management efforts because of the impact of rainfall on the project.

“I think that the progress of work speaks for itself. The main problem with the Lagos-Badagry Expressway was always funding and budget. Now, that has been substantially addressed with the NNPC Tax Credit Scheme.

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“So, the contractor is progressing, as you can see. And even while the work is going on, you heard from one of the traditional rulers we spoke to this morning, the Oba of Ibereko (Oba Israel Okoya).

“And he said their journey times had been reduced significantly; places that used to take them three hours are now a short drive of fewer than 10 minutes.

“And work is still going on. “You can see we are standing on a substantially completed part of the road,” he said.

He called for patience on the part of road users as the construction work continued in the rainy season, which was likely to cause discomfort to road users.

“I did an actual progress assessment. You are standing on concrete and asphalted portions, as I have told you. On one hand, we have 16 kilometres of single carriageway apart from the dual carriageway completed. We will transfer the work to the other side.

“You saw in the early part of the Agbara area where earthwork is going on, you saw some of the parts that have been covered by FERMA (Federal Roads Maintenance Agency) around LASU (Lagos State University).

“And the Lagos State government is working on the Eric Moore bound section; so, it is progress,” he said.

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