Jonathan flags-off reconstruction of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Goodluck Jonathan

The busies Nigerian interstate road has been in a bad state.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday flagged off the reconstruction and expansion works on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway during a ceremony at the Sagamu Interchange where he gave the assurance that adequate funds have been provided for the project.

The N167 billion project was contracted to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and Reynolds Construction Company Limited for repairs on Section 1 (Lagos-Sagamu Interchange) and section II (Sagamu Interchange-Ibadan) respectively. It is expected to be completed within 48 months.

Mr. Jonathan noted that the expressway was constructed about 35 years ago, admitted that the reconstruction is overdue, and pledged that the project would be completed within schedule.

“We have made adequate funds arrangement and we shall deliver our pledge on schedule. Comprehensive construction is overdue (which is) why we went into partnership with reputable companies,” he said.

He added that the road which is plied by over 250,000 vehicles daily is one of largest road networks in Africa with 60 per cent of the nation’s economy centered on it. He then appealed to motorists to bear the pains as work will commence in earnest.

“Today we are commencing the road and we shall deliver on time. We shall deliver dividends of democracy,” he said.

Earlier in his welcome speech, the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, said the project is another major milestone as contained in the transformation agenda programme and priorities of the Federal Government.

He recalled that the Federal Government in 2009 had entered into a Public Private Partnership, PPP, arrangement with a construction company, Bi-Courtney, to develop the section between the old toll plazas at Ojota, Lagos State; and Ibadan, Oyo State- a distance of approximately 105km- for enhanced quality of service to all users of the highway in a manner that met international standard.

However, he said, four years later, no real progress was recorded while road users continued to be at risk of accidents on the road prompting government to terminate its agreement with Bi-Courtney. He noted that the frequent carnage on the road was detrimental to the economy and urgent action needed to be taken to remedy the situation. He, however, emphasised that the Federal Government is committed to the current project as it is not only important for the South-West Zone but for the country and sub-region at large.

The Lagos-Ibadan road is the first expressway to be constructed in the country and was commissioned in August 1978. It is part of Arterial Route A.1 linking Lagos, the commercial centre of Nigeria, through Ibadan to the northern part of the country.


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  • Mani_Kay

    Well done; we know the truth. There is only one President in Nigeria’s history that has posted all-round excellent performance in office and that President without doubt is Goodluck Jonathan. The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani false propaganda on his performance that started long before he was first sworn-in as President has failed woefully and will continue to fail.

    • ekon

      hahhah,, prejudice, sentiment and bigotry will kill clueless ones.

  • Afam

    Well Mr president keep your words and write your name in gold as your opponents will do everything within their reach to frustrate this project..Just approve the funds and keep an eye on it till the project is completed…The man at Ota farm will be in shame for 8 years he spent there he did not think about it..

  • Galo

    Good one but tainted as usual with corruption.A dual carriage road of about 120km being reconstructed with over N160billion.So averagely the cost of reconstructing 1km is about N700million!!! This is just crazy. But as usual comes the weak response, ‘So far they deliver’.Its the same PDP led govt that went into partnership with Bi-Courtney.It took 4yrs for the contract to be terminated.What of the money so far expended under that partnership?No nation survives under this kind of impunity and unchecked level of corruption: delivering ‘peanuts’ referred to as democracy dividends.GOOD IS GOOD,BAD IS BAD.