It is expected that construction work would resume this March on the Section 1 of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway under reconstruction.

Those who use the road and monitor news about its progress on a regular basis will be taking this news with a pinch of salt because similar promises have failed before.

But the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Godwin Eke wants Nigerians to believe this one, saying that the Federal Government has mobilized the contractor, Julius Berger PLC., to return to site.

Eke told newsmen after his inspection of road projects in Lagos on Wednesday that the project was over 50 per cent completed before the contractors left site due to debts owed it.

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Section 1 of the project being handled by Julius Berger spans from old toll gate plaza at Ojota in Lagos state to Sagamu Interchange in Ogun.

Section 2, which spans from the Sagamu Interchange to Ibadan in in Oyo State is being handled by Reynolds Construction Company (RCC).

Eke, who supervises Section 1 of the expressway said, “Recently, we got approval for augumentation because at a point, Julius Berger could not make claims for works already executed.

“So, now that we have the approval in our hands, construction work will soon resume fully on Section 1 of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“The project is more than 50 per cent completed,” he said.

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