Apapa TRAFFIC: Gridlock worsens as contractor abandons site

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By By Godfrey Bivbere
LagosLESS than 48 hours after it was reported that the contractor engaged by the Federal Government to repair failed portions of the Apapa end of the ever busy Oshodi/Apapa Expressway had commenced repair works, investigations yesterday revealed that the contractor might have abandoned the job as road users, residents and others continue to suffer the heavy gridlock.

The contractor, Boroni Prono, was given two weeks to fix the failed portions from Trinity Bus Stop to Tin-Can Island end of the expressway.

One of the workers had Tuesday claimed equipment were moved to site on Sunday following a directive from the Presidency to the management of the construction company.

But yesterday, workers reportedly seen Tuesday on site were nowhere to be found.

Efforts to speak with officials of the construction company for explanation, proved abortive.

An official of the company, who spoke on condition of anonymity said only the company’s director was permitted to speak on issues concerning the company.

On the spot assessment of the failed portion of the road yesterday, showed there was no sign on ground to suggest repair works would start soon.

A bus driver, Peter Edobor, who spoke to Vanguard, called for the termination of the contract and for it to be re-awarded to a more serious contractor who had the capacity and knew the urgency required.

Speaking to Vanguard earlier on the need to have the road fixed, Senior Special Assistant to the President on maritime matters, Mr Oyeleke Oyewole, said the president had expressed concern over the bad state of the road leading to the port.

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