By Kingsley Adegboye
THE Federal Government has assured that massive reconstruction work on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway will commence at the end of the rainy season. The government has also decided to enforce the concession agreement entered into with Bi-Courtney Highway Services Ltd on the reconstruction of the ever-busy highway.
Minister of Works, Mike Onolemenme, an architect, who disclosed this while inspecting the ongoing repair works on Third Mainland Bridge weekend, said the decision of the government to fix the road without further delay, was informed by the fact that about 63 per cent of income earned by the government comes from Lagos State and the realization that the dual carriageway is important to motorists that come to do business in the commercial nerve centre of the country from all geo-political zones of the nation.
“Yes, I did promise last month when we came for the inspection of ongoing repair works on Third Mainland Bridge that in two weeks’ time, we are going to take a definitive position on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway. At the highest level of government, we have met, and the decision that we took was that one, that the road is very important to motorists not only in the south-west, but to all motorists that come from all geo-political zones across the country to do business in Lagos.
‘’Also, in realization of the fact that about 63 per cent of income earned by the government comes from Lagos state, the Federal government decided that the road must be fixed. And one of the ways to ensure fixing it is to enforce the concession agreement entered into by the government with Bi-Courtney.
“Let me tell you that the enforcement of that agreement is on, and I want to assure Lagosians and indeed Nigerians that the government will not shy away from its responsibility. I am very sure that by the end of this rainy season, massive work will commence on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway’’, Onolemenme stated.
The Minister who said he was satisfied with the level of progress made by Borini Prono, on the repair of Third Mainland Bridge, noted that the contractor has achieved major milestones within the sort period it has handled the project.
‘’Having seen what the contractor has done in the last one month, I am pleased to tell you gentlemen of the press that the contractor has achieved major milestones. The three joints I inspected on the Lagos bound carriageway have been completed and that side has been opened to traffic as you have observed. The contractor is now on Oworoshoki bound carriageway of the Third Mainland Bridge.
“After my inspection of the work this afternoon, I am satisfied that the work is progressing as scheduled. In fact, I can attest to the fact that the contractor is one week ahead of schedule which is in line with our promise last month that this project will be delivered ahead of schedule. We are still very much optimistic that this project will be delivered in October’’, he said.
He described the ongoing repair works on Third Mainland Bridge as the first in the series of routine maintenance job to be embarked upon by the Federal ministry of works in Lagos.