Saturday, 1 September 2018

LAGOS-IBADAN EXPRESSWAY RESURFACING OUTDATED – BABALAKIN


The resurfacing of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the Federal Government is completely outdated, inappropriate and a disservice to Nigeria, the Chairman, Bi-Courtney Highway Service, Wale Babalakin (SAN), has said.


He also stated that one of the contractors handling the project, Julius Berger Plc, would not build a road like that in Germany, the home country of the construction firm.

Babalakin, who spoke on the theme ‘Constraints of Implementing Infrastructure Projects through Public-Private Partnership’ at the 60th Anniversary/8th Fellowship Conferment Lecture and Ceremony of the Nigerian Society of Engineers in Abuja on Thursday night, stated that the delay in completing the project had caused untold hardships on Nigerians.

Recall that Bi-Courtney’s contract for the reconstruction of the same road was terminated abruptly six years ago by the Federal Government.

Babalakin said:
 “The road being constructed is completely inappropriate and outdated. The road being built today is a resurfacing of the 1977 road. It is a road that is inadequate to accommodate the geographical growth that has taken place on the road since 1977. This includes the emergence of towns like Ibafo, Isheri, Mowe and Redeemed Church camp.

“The current road cannot contribute meaningfully to the development of road infrastructure in Nigeria. Julius Berger Plc is constructing a road in Nigeria that it will and can never suggest or contemplate building in Germany. Our heaviest traffic road in Nigeria is being built without the necessary accompanying things that should be on a highway.”
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