Last Mile of Lagos Ibadan Expressway for Completion March 2023- Fashola

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has said   that the last Mile of the reconstruction of the Lagos Ibadan Expressway, is now  to be  completed in the first quarter of 2023.

The ongoing administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had slated to  the completion of the  project  for last year.

Fashola however said that  revealed that the twin issues of  insufficient funds and the increasing price of construction materials had delayed  the completion of the project..

The Minister made the clarification  when he appeared on  a Television Continental programme, even  as he blamed the previous administration for neglecting critical infrastructure.

Fashola said the  road could have been built between 1999 and 2015 but it wasn’t., adding that the  road is in better shape than the Buhari administration  inherited and it is now at the last mile of completion.

The Minister stated that before now the  road was removed from the budget completely and he had to  engage  the National Assembly until the President unveiled the presidential infrastructure development fund. which was essentially from investments from the Nigerian LNG and funds recovered from outside Nigeria.

 

He said so, when people talk about corruption and anti-corruption, a President who goes to recover funds stolen and put it in investment for his people is the real anti-corruption as far as he was  concerned.

 

On the crash barriers, he said the barriers were  there  because the government is  building through a major transport artery, adding that the  last traffic count indicates that at least 40,000 vehicles use that road from the Lagos end to the Sagamu end.

 

According to him,after  Sagamu it drops to 22 thousand so that has to be managed to ensure the safety of the construction workers.

Fashola urged motorists using the route  not to  expect to drive fast in such  a construction zone, for the fact that  there will be a bit of slowdown and it is in that slowdown that ‘how we behave’ becomes very important