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Fashola okays progress of work on Lagos-Badagry Expressway

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed satisfaction with the progress of work on the three sections of the ongoing Lagos-Badagry Expressway reconstruction and rehabilitation project.

Fashola shared this during an inspection of the highway, he compared the progress with where it was as of 2015 and said it was tremendous progress.

The minister was accompanied by the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, Commissioner for Transportation Frederick Oladeinde and other top engineers.

Fashola said the project is part of the Lagos-Abidjan Highway, which serves over 40 million commuters travelling to Côte d’Ivoire.

He also noted that Nigeria had demonstrated leadership by starting construction of its own side of the project. According to him, construction had reached the final layer on 22 kilometres stretch of section three.

“We are in the last 22 kilometres section to Badagry roundabout. On the Badagry bound side, our engineer’s representative said to me that except for the first three kilometres, work has been completed all the way to kilometre 22. What is left is just the wearing course that you see is being installed at kilometer one plus 800.

“So, it is just about 200 metres to kilometre 22. This is part of the road that will be three lanes on a dual carriageway,” he said.

In terms of financing the project, Fashola said with sections one and two completed, financing section three was sustainable because NNPC had taken over the funding.

According to the former Lagos State governor, three independent contractors are working on the highway under the supervision of the Lagos State government, FERMA and the Federal Ministry of Works.

Section one of the project spans Eric Moore to Okokomaiko, and is being supervised by the Lagos State government; FERMA has jurisdiction over the rehabilitation of section two (Igbo-Elerin to Agbara) while the Federal Ministry of Works is supervising section three (Agbara to Seme Border).

The traditional ruler of Ibereko, Badagry, Oba Isreal Okoya, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the project, confirming reduced travel time and enhanced quality of lives of residents.

He however called for a speedy completion of the project so that the communities could reap the full benefits.

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