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FG to spend N311b on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Federal Government is to spend N311 billion on the construction and rehabilitation of the 127.6-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The road awarded to Julius Berger Nigeria, and RCC Nigeria Ltd, in 2013, was reviewed in 2018 following increasing infrastructural development in the axis.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola SAN, disclosed this during an inspection tour, and a town hall meeting on the dual carriageway at Ogere, Ogun State.

According to him, the government was committed and ready to deliver the project as scheduled, by May 2022, despite the dwindling financial fortunes of the government.

WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported that the minister ordered tanker drivers and their owners to move their vehicles off the road to enable contractors complete their works on schedule.

He further urged the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure the enforcement of traffic laws, as pouring of diesel and parking of trucks on completed section of the road constitute traffic offences.

On the environmental impact of the work to the surrounding communities, Fashola urged the contractors to ensure that remediation work was done on burrow pits and old roads damaged during the construction to ensure sustainability.

He also promised that works will soon resume on the Ikorodu-Sagamu road and Lagos-Otta road as funds for the projects have been captured in the 2021 budget.

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