President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is poised to complete works on the Lagos-Ibadan road project.

On Wednesday, the Federal Executive Council approved additional 80 billion naira for the rehabilitation of Section II of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway from Sagamu to Ibadan.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said this to State House correspondents at the end of the council’s marathon meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Villa, Abuja.

Fashola said the additional cost would cater for changes that were not captured during the project’s conceptualisation.

An initial 96.3 billion naira was approved for the section. The latest approval brings the cost to 176.5 billion naira.

The minister also stated that the FEC approved 18.87 billion naira for the rehabilitation and repair of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State.

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He said the contract for the repair was awarded to Borini Prono, one of the original builders of the bridge.

Fashola gave the completion period of the project as 27 months.

He explained that the contract would involve critical repair works on all the 177 piles holding up the bridge, as well as general expansion joints replacement for the several expansion belts on the bridge.

He said the project is part of the national bridge maintenance strategy being implemented by the Federal Government.

According to him, the work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway includes about 43 inches of reconstruction from earth base, toll plazas and service lanes needed to “accommodate new realities and structures that have since sprung along the road.”

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