The Federal Ministry of Works has attributed the slow pace of work on Lagos Ibadan Expressway to lack of funds.
Mr. Nelson Olubakinde of the ministry of works said this in a chat with newsmen, adding that the Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) that is handling the project is facing challenges of finance, weather, heavy rain, and impatience on the part of road users.
He stated, “For instance, during the rainy season, artwork and asphalt work laying are usually suspended.”
However the other end of the road from Shagamu inter-change to Lagos is being handled by Julius Berger Plc and the road has deteriorated so badly that a journey of one hour now take about six hours.
Besides the bad portion at Ibafo, which has been a perennial problem for motorists, another portion has gone bad at Warewa and it is creating heavy vehicular traffic on the road. Motorists sleep on the road due to the bad portion.
The construction contract, valued at N96.3 billion, commenced on June 4 and had a completion date of July 3, 2017.
Olubakinde, 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 added.
Speaking on the standard of the job done, Olubakinde said that new methods in road construction had been brought to bear on the project.
He said: “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 also said the project, themed Rehabilitation,
Re-Construction and Expansion, had reached 25.98 percent completion in spite of the challenges.
The ministry’s representative also said 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.