Why we expanded Lagos-Ibadan expressway – Lai Mohammed

Lagos—Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, continued the inspection of Federal
Government’s infrastructural projects across the
country,with a visit to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway,
yesterday.


The Minister, who kick-started the tour on Tuesday with a
visit to the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line,
inspected the two sections of the expressway: from
Lagos to Shagamu Interchange and Shagamu

Interchange to Ibadan.
While briefing the Minister and his team, Project Engineer
of the Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) and
contractor handling the Shagamu-Ibadan axis, Mr. Noar
Narkisis, disclosed that work had reached 58.27%
completion on the axis.
He explained that the RCC was currently working to
expand and reinforce the road, in addition to building
concrete drainages and repairing failed bridges.”
Narkisis, who stated that the RCC was also doing
maintenance of the existing carriageway to ensure a free
flow of traffic,  assured that, the company would
complete the asphalt-laying phase of the entire 84-
kilometer sector before the end of the year, disclosing
that 4,000 jobs had been created as a result of the
highway construction on Section II alone.
At the Shagamu Interchange, the Division Manager of
Julius Berger and  contractor handling Section One from
Lagos to the Shagamu Interchange, Mr. Wolfgang
Losesser, said 17 kilometres of the 3-lane, 43-kilometre
road had been completed.
“From Shagamu driving toward here, the first 17
kilometres on the Lagos bound side has already been
completed. Then you realize that it has gone back to the
old two lanes. Here we are just doing some palliative
work because the rainy season is coming and we are
working on the drainage,” he said.
In his remarks, Minister of Information and Culture
explained that the recent extension of the scope of work
was in anticipation of the huge traffic coming out of
Lagos to the Shagamu interchange.
“Some 70% of the traffic coming to Lagos is from the
Lagos-Shagamu Exchange, which explains why the
Lagos-Shagamu comprises three lanes on each side
while the Shagamu-Ibadan comprises two  lanes on each
side,” he said.

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