Accelerate re-construction of Lagos – Badagry Expressway, residents urge FG

Accelerate re-construction of Lagos – Badagry Expressway, residents urge FG

Some Lagos residents have called on the Federal Government to intensify repair of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway to mitigate sufferings caused by prolonged gridlocks.

The residents, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, said that the condition of the road had become very `terrible and problematic.’
A motorist, Mr Lukmon Adisa, lamented the deplorable state of the road and its effects on vehicles.
“This road is really bad and the rain is not helping matters despite the repair works going on.
“ I urge the construction company handling the road to expedite action, so that we, the commuters, can have easy passage on the road,’’ he said.
Mrs Toyin Abraham, a civil servant, also called on relevant authorities in charge of the construction to urgently fix the road.
“We thank God that the rains have ceased, those involved in fixing the road should move fast so that much ground could be covered before the next rainy season.
“You can see for yourself the deplorable state of the road.
“I had thought that by now, construction work, which commenced during the time of former Gov. Babatunde Fashola, would have been concluded by now.
“We are really suffering on this road and I urge those involved to quicken rehabilitation work and lessen our traffic burden,’’ she said.
Another road user, Mr Peter Ogene, commended the government for the reconstruction work.
“If construction work had continued at the pace it commenced in 2011, it would have been concluded by now.
“Though it is painful now, but I believe when it is concluded, Lagosians will heave a sigh of relief,’’ he said.
However, an official of China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC), who pleaded anonymity, assured that a temporary route was being created to alleviate the traffic problem.
“What we are doing is to create a lane to divert traffic between Trade Fair Complex and Volkswagen bus stops.
“This will give succour to the road users while we continue comprehensive reconstruction of the road,’’ he said.
He said the rehabilitation work, which would terminate at Afromedia, after Okokomaiko, was scheduled to be concluded in two years.
“The job we are doing now will terminate at Afromedia and we are scheduled to complete it within two years.
“But it can be subjected to review and expansion to Badagry, if government so decides,” he said.
He also said that past delay on the road rehabilitation was due to paucity of funds as well as some other logistical challenges.
“Actually the major reason for the delay in the past was funds and other logistical challenges.
“For instance, there are NNPC pipelines around Festac Third Gate in Alakija and we have to pause until the pipes are relocated.
“Government is, however, working on all these challenges and hopefully, the job will be delivered on schedule,’’ he said.
NAN correspondent who visited the road observed serious potholes and gullies over a long stretch, from Trade Fair Complex to Volkswagen bus stops.
CCECC officials were, however, seen working on different portions of the road. (NAN)

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