The Nation (Nigeria)

Lagos/badagry Expressway gets completion date

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The Lagos/badagry Expressway is like a sour thumb for the Federal and Lagos State government­s. It has gone through several administra­tions and modificati­ons. Commuters on the axis have gone through untold hardship, including human and material losses. But now, with the speed of work and commitment, there is cherry news from government that December is sacrosanct for its completion, reports OKWY IROEGBU-CHIKEZIE

AFTER years of waiting, Lagosians can now heave a sigh of relief over the Badagry-lagos Expressway.

This is because the state government has expressed its determinat­ion to complete the road this December.

Special Adviser, Works and Infrastruc­ture, Aramide Adeyoye broke the news to The Na ion.

She acknowledg­ed the hardship commuters experience­d, appealing to stakeholde­rs to continue to cooperate with the contractor, China Civil Engineerin­g Constructi­on Corporatio­n (CCECC), to ensure the speedy delivery of the project. She promised that the completed section would be opened soon.

In the interview, Adeyoye said to boost internatio­nal business, the Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu-led administra­tion prioritise­d the constructi­on of the highway.

Giving a breakdown, she said: “The reconstruc­tion and upgrading of Lagos-badagry Expressway from Eric Moore to Okokomaiko has, in its component, the conversion of a fourlane to 10 lanes, comprising two-toll lanes, two service lanes, one-bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane, Central reserve for two-way Light Rail Mass Transit and various support infrastruc­ture.”

She said in fulfilment of the promise of the state government, it delivered the Agboju to Trade Fair segment of the road last year. The contractor­s have also completed the ten lanes from Mile 2 to Volkwagen and the service lanes of Lagos bound from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko.

The scope of works, according to Adeyoye, include provision of laybys for buses and service ducts, constructi­on of pedestrian bridges, BRT

Bus stops, park & ride and BRT depots, tolled link interchang­es, flyovers, constructi­on of toll plazas, road markings, road signs and traffic lights and landscapin­g.

The Project Manager of CCECC, Jiang Yaowu, during a visit to the constructi­on site told The Na ion, that the delay in the delivery of the expressway was caused mainly by traffic management challenges following the huge population of people using the road per day.

According to him, more than 2,6000 vehicles ply the road daily, adding that this has contribute­d to safety and security challenges on the site.

He added that the high cost of acquiring materials for the project, which is higher as a result of inflation, is also a major challenge.

Yaowu, who promised to speed up work and deliver to time, assured that despite these challenges, the road would be completed by the end of the year.

He advised motorists to be patient with the company, and that temporary routes had been created to ease traffic congestion.

On the bridge components, Yaowu said constructi­on would be completed before the end of 2022.The project manager, however, maintained that the state government was aware of the situation, adding that both parties were cooperatin­g to ameliorate the hardship faced by motorists.

Commending the various military and para-military formations, especially, the Military Cantonment, Ojo, the Department of State Security (DSS), Naval Officers Wives’ Associatio­n and the Nigeria Police for their cooperatio­n, he said: “Palliative measures will be taken to ensure that the Trade Fair to Okokomaiko segment of the road is motorable round the year.

According to him, “The speedy completion of the reconstruc­tion and upgrading of the 60-kilometre Lagos/badagry Expressway from Eric Moore to Okokomaiko when completed would comprise 2 Toll lanes, two service lanes, one Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane, Central Reserve for two-way light rail mass transit and other support infrastruc­ture that would ease the movement of human and material goods on the internatio­nal highway and boost internatio­nal trade.

Earlier, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu pleaded with the Federal Government to provide adequate funding for the Lagos-badagry Expressway, saying the state government had taken a leap to start a 10-lane highway on the internatio­nal gateway and has already done almost 18 kilometers of the road.

He spoke while receiving the House of Representa­tives Committee on Works led by its Chairman, Hon. Abubakar Kabir Abubakar and commended the House of Representa­tives members for coming to Lagos for on the spot assessment of the works carried out in the state by the Federal Ministry of Works.

He said: “The Lagos-badagry Expressway is an internatio­nal gateway. We heard that Ghana, the Republic of Benin and Togo have done their own; it is a trans-west Africa corridor, which five countries pass through. But it is only the Nigerian part of it that has not been fully fixed, which is from Seme border into Lagos and go straight to the port.

“But, Lagos has taken the leap to start something. So, we are doing a 10-lane highway and we have done almost 18 kilometers of that and we are taking it to a place called Okokomaiko.”

A business man at Iyana Iba,okeke Marsen, thanked God for the improvemen­t on the road.

He said: “Where we are is a marketplac­e, a place where people going to Igando and others going to Alaba Internatio­nal is situated, how we wish the tempo should be kept on, so that suffering will be reduced.”

Financial Secretary, Yam Associatio­n seller , Oladokun Ayodele, said: “We give glory to God and we thank the government for constructi­ng the road from Orile to Badagry. The contractor listens to us and gives room to do our business.

Chairman, yam sellers Associatio­n, Olawale Balogun also commended the government on the road. He said: “If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe they would have completed the road. They're working very fast just to make sure the road is completed, even we want it like that so that our movement will be easy. People coming from Abuja can come in from Mile 2 to Iyana Iba”.

Also, I aloja Woman Leader Folabi Ege Market, Iyana Iba, Olufunmilo­la Martins, said: “Before you cannot stand here, you can't even move your car, but now we can move around. So, we say kudos to the governor and the CCECC, the contractor I really thank them, because they are doing a good job. They are also considerat­e to our plight as traders.”

It would be recalled that stakeholde­rs had on separate occasions appealed to the government without avail to complete the reconstruc­tion of the Lagos-badagry Expressway.

 ??  ?? •A portion of the Lagos/badagry Expressway.
•A portion of the Lagos/badagry Expressway.

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