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OYO Finance Hinders Work On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway -Official

The representative of the Federal Ministry of Works on Section II of the Lagos-Ibadan Ex­pressway reconstruction and expansion project, Mr Nelson Olubakinde, said yesterday that the initia­tive was being hampered by challenges of finance, adverse weather and im­patience of motorists.

The project is being handled by Reynolds Con­struction Company (RCC).

Olubakinde, who spoke to journalists in Ibadan, said:        “The construction

company (RCC) is fac­ing challenges of finance, weather, especially rain, and impatience on the part of road users often result­ing in accidents within work location.

“For instance, during the rainy season, artwork and asphalt work laying are usually suspended,” he said.

The construction con­tract valued at N96.3 bil­lion commenced on June 4 and had a completion date of July 3,2017.

He, however, said that the construction effort was under Public Private Partnership(PPP) arrange­ment with Motorway As­sets Limited as Leasee while the ministry was the guarantor.

“ The consultants to Motorway Assets Limited is the INTERCON Part­nership Consulting Engi­neers,” he explained.

Speaking on the stand­ard of the job done, Oluba- kinde said that new meth­ods in road construction had been brought to bear on the project.

“For example, apart from the fact that the thickness of the road has been enhanced, it has also been expanded to ensure free traffic flow,” he said.

He also said the project had reached 25.98 percent completion in spite of the challenges.

The theme of the con­tract award was ” Reha­bilitation, Re-Construction and Expansion.”

The ministry’s repre­sentative also said that apart from ensuring the stability of the project, a sub-section of the road had been opened for use in the last one year to pave way for correction of any de­fect.

The other end of the road from Shagamu Inter­Change to Lagos is being handled by Julius Berger Plc, with RCC in charge of the other end to Ibadan.

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