The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has appealed to Nigerians to bear with the inconvenieces the major repairs on some federal roads are causing them.
Making particular reference to the ongoing construction on Lagos Ibadan Expressway, the Minister explained that motorists would have to abide by traffic rules in areas where there were road diversions along the expressway in order to minimize traffic gridlock.
Mr. Fashola made the appeal while delivering the Keynote Address at the opening of the first Lagos State University Research Fair held at the University’s main campus in Ojo, Lagos.
He said that Motorists plying the Lagos Ibadan Expressway especially the stretch between Berger and Kara along the highway where major repairs were ongoing would have to realise that they were passing through what he described as a “construction site” and as such should cooperate with road traffic officials to lead them through the available road diversions to maintain easy flow of traffic.
Fashola stressed that the federal government intended to complete work on the portion of the expressway on or before December to allow those that would be travelling in and out of Lagos state during the Yuletide to have a smooth ride.
The Minister of Works and Housing, also appealed to those trading on Lagos-Badagry expressway to desist from such acts as this was posing hinderance to the ongoing repairs on the expressway.
While delivering the keynote address on the topic “Driving National Development Through Research and Innovation” Mr. Fashola advised Nigerian Universities, the Lagos University in particular, to work closely with government agencies with the aim of carrying out research that would proffer solutions to some problems in the society.
In message to the event, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu called on the Lagos State University to come up with research works that would assist the government in implementing itsdevelopment policies effectively.
The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun said that with the launching of a One billion naira Research Grant Fund by the university, it would be easy for the university to engage in more research works that would be beneficial to the society.
The highlight of the event was the inauguration of a Five hundred sitting capacity Computer Based Centre .