Julius Berger, RCC threaten to abandon work on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway under construction

Indications emerged on Friday that two construction companies handling rehabilitation and expansion works on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Reynolds Construction Company and Julius Berger, threatened to abandon work on the road.

According to details of memorandum and annexes presented by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the hearing organised by the House of Representatives’ Investigative Committee on Breach of Privilege, Violation of Appropriation Act and Incitement of the Nigerian Public on Friday, the companies threatened to abandon the project due to poor funding.

Mr. Fashola had been invited by the committee to, among other concerns, clarify statements credited to him alleging that the lawmakers had worrisome knowledge of the budget process.

Earlier in June, the minister had accused the National Assembly of slashing N21 billion off the N31 billion vote for the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway.

“We were asked to complete those abandoned projects; the budget of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was reduced by the National Assembly from N31 billion to N10 billion. We are owing the contractors about N15 billion and they have written to us that they are going to shut down,” Mr. Fashola had said.

But details contained in some of the documents presented by the minister, Friday, showed that the two construction companies handling the rehabilitation of the road had indeed threatened to suspend works on the road.

According to a letter signed by the division manager of Julius Berger, W Loesser, which was received by the ministry of power, works and housing on June 5, the company expressed concerns over the state of funding of the road project.

“Honourable Minister, it has become evident that the required adequate funding for the continuation of the project is not available,” the letter read in part.

“We trust you will understand that therefore and as a consequence of the unacceptable financial risk to Julius Berger Nig. PLC we are left with no choice than to immediately commence suspension of the works on the project, as earlier notified.”

Similarly, Reynolds construction said it was worried about the worsening financial situation of the road project.

“At the moment, the outstanding debts for approved certificates for certified works stands at N7, 829, 277, 294,” the company said in a letter dated June 2.

“It is noted that the 28-day window allowed for payment of the certificates by Clause 60.4 of the conditions of Contracts (“CC”) had long expired. In addition, there is another certificate (No. 19) of N1,108,334,258 under processing. 

“Thus, making a total of N8, 937,611, 552. The mounting debt profile on this project is worrisome,” it lamented.

Both Julius Berger and Reynolds are handling the first and second sections of the road, respectively.

With the budget already signed into law,  a supplementary budget or virement of funds which has legislative approval would be required to adequately fund ‎the road project.


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  • curseless

    How can one even start to comprehend or analyze the unbelievable insanity coming from this assembly rogues. A major arterial link of road like (Ibadan -Lagos) express should not even be a point of discussion. But for these melon head members, their own constituents budget supersedes anything else much more so a vital project like this express road. What is wrong with black people? I remember not long ago when a commissioner in Oyo State approved a budget for a syringe and promise to approve for the needle in the subsequent budget the following year. How do one wrap his mind around that one, knowing that syringes are useless without a needle, but these are the so called Nigerian leaders.

  • Akin Adedotun

    RCC has stopped working on the road since One month ago…There are No real activity on the Ibadan to Sagamu end.. These legislators are selfish and God will judge them based on hardship of Nigerians on this road Amen

  • Buhari d scarecrow.

    Black man infact nigerians we have serious problems we dont think with out brain just with our ass.

  • Du Covenant

    This can only happen in nations without priorities!. May God help us from the clutches greed and perpetual chaos created by the current legislative branch of our government.

  • Pluti

    The affairs of man does not consigns God but I know for sure, our children will call us fools, despise the elders in future because we as citizens are giving them nothing and acting like idiots daily.

  • El Patron

    Why these legislathieves are so wicked and inhumane is beyond me

  • John Okoh

    How can law makers slash the road budget from 31 million naira to 10 million naira? Very fishy indeed. They want to share the 20 millions. Another question is why there is a provision in the constitution that immune President, Governors ,and legislators from prosecution when they commit crimes while in office. Also why should Governors be allowed to be the treasurers of their States and use the money as personal properties. There should be a government agency at the federal and states levels that should be responsible to pay all workers. If they do not know, they should go abroad to the Western World to see how it is done.It is quite embarrassing seeing all these politicians get into office as church rats but leave as billionaires and millionaires. They are thieves.