Bi-Courtney Highway Services Limited, concessionaire of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, yesterday launched its presence and commencement of work at the Lagos end of the 105 kilometre road following the expiration of eviction notices served on trespassers to vacate the right of way.
Leading the construction team at the site, Bi-Courtney Chairman, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), said, â€œWe cannot wait a second longer to start work. The longer we wait, the more deplorable the road becomes, and the longer it takes for motorists to ply through.â€
Bi-Courtney is to finance the reconstruction, expansion and modernisation of the 30-year-old road with N90 billion under a Design-Build-Operate-Transfer scheme to run for 25 years.
The construction team on Thursday inspected structures abutting the road at the Lagos end in readiness for the movement of heavy-duty equipment to site later in the day.
Owners of some of the illegal structures were seen on Thursday trying to move away their valuables while most others were yet to make any move to vacate the right of way.
The Ministry of Works, Housing and Urban Development had issued the first eviction notices on 24 July 2009, followed by a reminder on 3 August 2009. The last notice given the trespassers a seven-day ultimatum was issued on 25 August 2009.
According to the notices, by virtue of the concession agreement signed in May, Bi-Courtney â€œis to take full responsibility of the Expressway, the right of way and other properties along the corridorâ€ including all structures previously owned and managed by the Ministry.