The Fashola factor, as reconstruction works resume on Lagos Ibadan expressway

The Fashola factor, as reconstruction works resume on Lagos Ibadan expressway

The emergence of the newly appointed Minister of Power, Housing and Works, Mr Raji Fashola may have sent jitters down the spine of the construction companies handling the Lagos-Ibadan express way in what can be seen in their unprecedented responsiveness to the road project.

The construction companies, Julius Berger PLC and RCC have been conspicuously absent for a while before they were noticed by our correspondent who plied the route Monday morning.

The companies are obviously back on site in continuation of the re-construction of the N167 billion road project.

The development also corroborated reports that the presence of workmen became more noticeable at the Redemption Camp and Arepo areas at the Lagos end of the road.

A source at the Julius Berger end of the road, who craved anonymity, was quoted as saying that the company was back on the road for good, adding that “it is time to move forward on the project.”

While palliative works were ongoing at the failed spots in the Redemption Camp area of the road, major construction work was being done at the Arepo area.

Julius Berger is handling Section One of the project, which stretches from Shagamu Inter-Change to Lagos, while RCC is in charge of Section Two, stretching from Shagamu Inter-Change to Ojoo, Ibadan.

The expected date for the completion of the project, which is being financed through Public and Private Partnership (PPP), is July 3, 2017.

The Federal Ministry of Works, last week after a meeting of stakeholders with the Presidency, said that government had committed N50 billion to the project.

The ministry promised that no stone would be left unturned to ensure completion of the road rehabilitation on time.

Nigerians have expressed delight in the choice of Fashola handling the Ministry of Works alongside two other ministries he is being asked to oversee.

This is a testimonial of his outstanding performance as a former governor of the most populous city in Africa, Lagos State.

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