FG Flags Off Rehabilitation Of Major Lagos Highway
Residents of Ikorodu community in Lagos State can now heave a sigh of relief.
Their days of suffering are over and the hardship faced daily along the Ikorodu-Sagamu road may end soon.
This is because the long awaited action to fix the road has finally yielded result.
The project flag off was performed by the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola on Monday.
This road, the first major expressway that linked Lagos State, the commercial nerve of the nation, to other states and indeed, other West Africa countries, has been in a state of disrepair for decades.
Constructed in 1962 by the Western Region government, before the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was built, the road has served as the major route from Lagos through Shagamu, Ogijo and Ikorodu.
The road, which is arguably one of the worst in the state, has been a major embarrassment to both the state and federal governments who have subjected millions of Ikorodu residents to untold hardships.
The government had on March 2018 approved a sum of N20.8 billion for the rehabilitation of the road.
Briefing journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the Presidential Villa, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the reconstruction would reduce cases of accidents.
"The significance of the award of this contract is that it will reduce road accidents and loss of lives.
"Of course, it will reduce travel time and operating cost for transporters and commuters, and more importantly, it will enhance the movement of petroleum and agricultural products and also facilitate other commercial activities.
The flag off of the construction was scheduled to hold on Thursday, April 12, 2018 but later postponed.
The delay in flagging-off of the project had dampened the mood of residents of the communities that ply the dilapidated road daily to eke out a living.
However, the joy of the residents of the area knew no bounds on Monday when Fashola officially flagged of the project.
Fashola led other dignitaries to perform the groundbreaking of the project.
Some residents of the ancient town who spoke to Bounce News on the sideline of the flag off commended the effort of the government.
Sunday Awoniyi said that the rehabilitation of the road would ensure free flow of traffic.
“The deplorable state of the road causes unnecessary traffic jam, but with the repairs of the road, it would ease the pains that commuters usually go through.
Mufutau Ayinla a commercial driver, said the rehabilitation of the road would make transportation easier and cheaper.
“By the time the repair work on the road is completed, it will make transportation easier for all motorists because the road will be smooth.
“This will enable us get to our destinations quicker. “It will also help our vehicles to last longer because bad roads usually damage cars, and transport fares will reduce,’’ he said.