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Deadlines for Ongoing Nigerian Expressways

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By Mercy Kelani

Road commuters were applauded for patience and understanding.

Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has affirmed the completion of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by April 30. However, completion of the Abuja-Kano Expressway is not assured until after the transition to the next administration. During his speech, he commended the patience and understanding of commuters of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, not exempting the fact that execution of the project is difficult. This difficulty is because it is one of the busiest roads in the country.

In his speech at the pre-inspection of the completed Loko-Oweto Bridge in Nasarawa State, he asserted that construction of a 40,000 vehicular expressway was an uneasy job as roads can’t be shut down. As a result, management and diversion of the traffic has been the safest option for constructors of the road. Forbearance is therefore pleaded by the minister until the deadline date. In about four weeks to this time, the road will be open to traffic from Lagos to Ibadan and about 16 kilometers beyond the toll gate.

Oyo State project delays road-building project.

According to Mr. Fashola, nine kilometers — kilometers 17 to 27 — will be remaining in the construction. This is because there is an ongoing construction of a drainage across the road by the Oyo State Government. This drainage is significant to addressing the problem of excessive flooding and climate change in Oyo State. He thinks it is only reasonable to pause the construction nine kilometers away until completion of the drainage project rather than constructing it now and have it demolished.

Commenting on the Abuja-Kano Expressway, the Minister declared that in terms of scope and budget it was the biggest of all ongoing road projects. It is 375 kilometers in terms of size. It comprises of 41 bridges of different sizes. It was the last road project to begin so it is impossible for it to be completed the same time as the others. However, visible progress has been made from Zaria to Kano — 137 kilometers — and according to the contractors, there should be full completion of the site by May 15.

Governments are requested to divert obstructions.

Contractors have also assured that the road from Kaduna to Zaria, which is over 70 kilometers, will be fully constructed and open to traffic by April 30. However, the Abuja-Kaduna road, although started in the Buhari-led administration, would be completed in the next administration. The delay in the quick execution of the road is because it is the busiest roads in the area. It has the most traffic with almost 40,000 vehicles daily. The major cause of the delay is the fact that there have been an encroachment on the right of way between FCT, Niger and Kaduna States.

Currently, the ministry is working in collaboration with governors of these states for assistance in relocation of obstructions to foster easy construction. The Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline project — a improvement in the country’s energy security — has likewise delayed completion of the project. The minister attested that there are challenges unknown to the public regarding construction of the road, which include the fact that the gas pipeline project and the road project has to be taken sequentially and orderly.

Law enforcement agencies contributed to success of the construction.

During the course of building the roads, about a year and half was lost to security challenges and complete relocation of contractors from a section for inability to work. Regardless, he applauded law enforcement agencies, particularly the Chief of Defense Staff and his team. With their intervention in erasing security threats, it was possible for contractors to return easily to the site and continue with unfinished construction. Soon, the federal government will inaugurate the Loko-Oweto Bridge and the Second Niger Bridge.


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AN-Toni
AN-Toni
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7 months ago

Deadlines for Ongoing Nigerian Expressways.Road commuters were applauded for patience and understanding.Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
7 months ago

We have been constructing and reconstructing these express ways for a long time. Up till now , we haven’t been able to complete them at all. I wonder when we will finally complete these roads.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
7 months ago

It is essential to ensure that these deadlines are met as planned, and the expressways are completed to enhance the country’s overall development

Christiana
Christiana
Member
7 months ago

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has been under construction for too long and it’s not nice because it’s always causing unnecessary traffic, which disrupts people’s movement

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
7 months ago

This is a busy road for people the completion of the road should be done soon so movement can be free there people are patience because when the road is done will enjoy the road movement

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
7 months ago

The efforts exerted by the federal government and the constructors in constructing the road and bridges can not be overlooked. They have really done a praiseworthy work but they need to stick with the stipulated time to quickly ease the affairs of the commuters of the roads.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
7 months ago

The Lagos to Ibadan road has become a menace to the people passing the road because people have been suffering like this since almost 8 years and up till now government is still giving assurance to people everyday concerning the completion date without giving them specific time which the suffering will end.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
7 months ago

These roads have been under construction for a long time, and people have been really struggling while trying to maneuver these road inhibitors, government should resolve it as soon as possible.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
7 months ago

I don’t think the government will repair these damaged roads fast but we are all hoping it will get resolved soon because it causes a lot of or and delays for people to commute themselves from one place to another.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
7 months ago

Deadlines for Ongoing Nigerian Expressways. This Ibadan-Lagos expressway is has been in construction for a very long time. They are not too serious on it. Government should do the needful and stop behaving as the doing us a favour or over work because it is their duty to do it, is our money and they should stop delaying work.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
7 months ago

In foreign countries, roads don’t take long before they are fixed, everything about the country is just backwards and it’s not like we don’t have the money because we pay taxes, it’s the useless government that is mismanaging funds.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
Member
7 months ago

It is not easy going through that road spending hours on a road you could have spend just less than thirty minutes. Please, the Federal Government should fast-track the project to ease movement of commuters.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
7 months ago

The ongoing Nigeria Expressways espwcially the Lagos-Ibadan road has really affected commuters movement. You can spend hours on the road and if you have an appointing you might not meet up. Those who have their jobs in Lagos Island might waste almost have of the day in traffic. It is actually affecting businesses and those who work in various organizations.