Apparently worried by the state of dilapidation of the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road, motorists, commuters and residents are calling on the Federal Government to mount pressure on Julius Berger Plc to deliver the road project on record time.
The residents and motorists’ appeal came 24 hours after the Federal Government awarded the contract worth N22.4 billion for the rehabilitation of the 100 kilometres highway.
According to a commuter, who identified himself simply as Adewale, there is need for Nigerians to mount pressure on the Federal Government and the contractor to meet the deadline set for its delivery.
Also, a trader and resident in Ota, Ogun State, Mrs Taiwo Muritala, narrated the harrowing experience of residents and commuters on the road, saying that due to the dilapidated nature of the road, traffic disorder has become the order of the day on the road.
She said the worse scenario was during downpour, when the entire road would be flooded and become impassable for motorists.
Sixteen years after construction of the major highway, it has suffered a serious setback due to lack of funds.
Awarded to Julius Berger at a sum of N22.4 billion, the Federal Director of Works, South West, Mr. Olalekan Busari, an engineer, who represented the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said the road would be delivered in 30 months.
He disclosed that the contractor had been mobilised with 15 per cent of the contract sum, which is in the tune of N3.4 billion, in order to ensure early commencement of work.
Main activities of the contractor cover site clearing, earthwork scarification/milling, laterite, base course, concrete drainage, cutback bitumen, asphalt median PC crash barrier, kerbstones and stone pitching.
According to the director of works, the first phase of the road rehabilitation work starts from Ile-Zik at the Lagos end to Ota Flyover Bridge in Ogun State, covering a total length of 20 kilometres, while the second phase starts from Ota to Abeokuta, covering 80 kilometres.
Already, Julius Berger has commenced palliative repair works on the failed section of the road in Ota.
Accompanied by the Federal Controllers of Works in Lagos and Ogun states, Mr. Adedamola Kuti and Kayode Popoola, Busari noted that Lagos-Ota-Abekuta road served as a link road for Lagos and Ogun states and as an alternative route to people journeying to Ilorin, Ibadan and Ile-Ife.
Busari stated that before the commencement of the project, Julius Berger had been urged to resume palliative work on bad portions of the road at Ota in Ogun State in order to make it motorable and reduce traffic jam whenever it rains.
Speaking at the event, Julius Berger’s West Divisional Manager for Project, Mr. Wolfgang Loesser, said the company was ready to deliver the project, promising that work on the palliative repair would be completed soon.
Loesser said: “We are hopeful to complete the road on record time of 30 months.”
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