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Ago Okota: Paucity Of Fund Hits Road Project

Taiwo Hassan

The untimely stoppage of work at the ongoing construction of Ago Okota road phase two (Century Hotel point to Amuwo Link Bridge, FESTAC) by Chinese construction company – China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) due to a order by Lagos State government under the new administration of Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, is raising concerns among residents and passers – by living in the environs.

Investigations showed that Governor Ambode ordered the Chinese Firm- CCECC to stop any further work on the road construction to enable him and his inspection team to access the level of work done so far on the road project if it is measurable with the funds so far released for the project. A reliable source closed to the project in the Ministry of Works in Alausa, Lagos, said that Governor Ambode was not happy with the feedbacks he received on the project especially the slow pace of work covered already by the Chinese company.

The source said that Governor Ambode is growing concern about the billions of Naira the state government has spent on the road construction so far, thus threatening to probe the project which was awarded by former Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola administration. According to the source, the debt profile of the state incurred by former Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola which runs above N400 billion is stalling the new administration to continue with ongoing projects in the state as fund paucity has hit government’s pause to meet various projects already earmarked for completion.

When The Union visited the site, it is in terrible state of condition as motorists lament the agony they are facing on a daily basis due to the stoppage of the construction work. Precisely, the Chinese company had completed the first phase which starts from Ago junction on Okota Road to Century Hotel Bus-Stop last year even without its commissioning yet. Those who spoke to The Union on the abandoned road construction, lamented that the Chinese company might have compromised their quality service delivery on the public project because of their nonchalant attitude or approach to the project.

They complained that CCECC has been doing a sub-standard job on the Ago Okota road especially as relate to achieving job target on a daily basis. They added that no government’s engineers are on the ground to monitor the work done by CCECC workers which give them the power to do sub standard work. Tony Obi, a resident of Ago Okota, berated the construction company for compromising on the project, saying that the width of the road cannot be compared with the phase one as this new one looked smaller in width.

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