The Federal Government on Sunday said the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway that has been under reconstruction for over a decade will finally be completed by December.
Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola gave this assurance while making an appearance on Sunday Politics program on Channels Television which was monitored by The Matrix Newspaper.
He said barring unforeseen challenges, the project will be completed before Christmas this year.
He also gave the same completion date for the 2nd Niger Bridge.
He said a 4 kilometres link Road would be constructed within the next four months to facilitate access to the bridge.
According to the Minister, contractors have assured him that the access road would be completed in the projected time.
“People used to do a one-week trip for a whole day so that is progress. We plan to finish this year,” the minister said.
Fashola however said that the government is waiting for the Oyo State Government to play its role to aid the speedy completion of the project.
“It is less than two hours now to go to Ibadan, you can do Ibadan and come back twice a day now and we haven’t finished. We don’t want to finish and the road is open again.
If you see, the lane marking is already going on, the road furniture is simultaneously being installed road marking is going on and we are waiting for Oyo State. Governor Seyi Makinde and I will resolve that pretty soon,” he stated.
The Minister also unveiled the government’s plan toward ending the Second Niger Bridge project in the South-Eastern part of the country.
Fashola said the current administration also plans to open the bridge before Christmas, despite the challenges facing the project.
According to Fashola, he has directed the contractor to see that the project is delivered before the deadline, adding that the main bridge deck has been completed.
“We are planning also before Christmas to open that to the public for use because that is when there is a large movement.
“Hopefully, by Christmas, it will be opened. That was the last meeting I had with the contractor about three weeks ago.”