Lawmaker representing the Badagry I Constituency in the Lagos House of Assembly, Mr Olanrewaju Layode, on Sunday advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to devise Private Public Partnership (PPP) approach to rehabilitation of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

Layode, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Housing, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos against the backdrop of the bad condition of the expressway.

He explained that the reconstruction would end losses and suffering on the road.

According to him, if the Federal Government does not have fund to rehabilitate the road, it can seek PPP’s approach in order to boost economic activities in the area.

“Motorists and commuters are suffering on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway. The road is in a bad condition. The state of the road is an eye sore to the country,’’ he told NAN.

Layode, who represents Badagry 1 Constituency, said that such an international road should not be abandoned by the Federal Government.

He said that the government was earning huge revenue from Customs duties from goods being brought through the road from other neighbouring countries.

The lawmaker commended the Lagos State Government for the recent palliative measures provided to ease the gridlock and hardship faced by those driving through the road.

Similarly, the Chairman, House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, representing Badagry Constituency II, Mr David Setonji, also said that the road should put in good shape.

“We want the Federal Government to help us reconstruct the Lagos-Badagry Expressway. As repairs were being done, the rain was sweeping the road away.

“The road is an international route and government is making a lot of money from the road.

“However, we want the Lagos State Government to do something about the road, ‘’ he said.

Setonji said, “The Lagos-Badagry Express Road is bad and the roads that link villages to one another too are bad. The roads to the farms are bad.’’

According to him, the link road between Ilogbo and Oko Afo is also very bad.

“If you do not have a jeep, you cannot pass through the road. Those, who had smaller cars had to trek from Ilogbo to Oko Afo.

“It is a state road, and we want the state government to repair the road and several others,’’ Setonji said.

He said that the expectations of residents of the area were very high, adding that the lawmakers had limited powers to alleviate the suffering of the people.


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