The federal government has started the repair works on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Monday inaugurated the rehabilitation of the road, with an inspection tour of the road.

The Director, Federal Highways, South-West, Olalekan Busari, said the road had been neglected by previous administrations before it was re-awarded to Julius Berger for construction this month.

According to him, the project is divided into two sections, the first of which starts from Ile Zik in Lagos, spanning about 20 kilometres, while the second section falls in Ogun State and covers 60km.

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Busari said the project had suffered several setbacks in the past but the current administration is resuscitating it as part of its mandate to deliver infrastructure to Nigerians.

“It is a complete total rehabilitation of the entire road this time around, and it is awarded at 22.387 billion naira and the contract period is for two and half years, and we hope the contractor will actually deliver.

“Julius Berger has the capacity and the Federal Government is very determined to properly fund this road project so as to deliver it on time. The first section was to rehabilitate the Ota-Abeokuta section, which was awarded to Julius Berger in 2009 at the sum of 11.6 billion naira. However, due to lack of funding, the project dragged on until 2010 that it was completed at a contract price of 14.6 billion naira,” he said.

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