The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday continued the inspection of Federal Government’s projects across the country with a visit to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to inspect the ongoing rehabilitation, reconstruction and expansion work.
While briefing the Minister and his team, the Project Engineer of the Reynolds Construction Company (RCC),Mr. Noar Narkisis, said the contractor handling the Shagamu-Ibadan axis, had reached 58.3% completion.
He said the RCC is currently working to expand and reinforce the road, building concrete drainages and repairing failed bridges.
Mr. Narkisis, noted that the RCC was doing the maintenance of the existing carriageway to ensure a free flow of traffic, gave the assurance that before the end of the year, the company will complete the asphalt-laying phase of the entire 84-kilometer sector.
The Project Engineer told the Minister that 4,000 jobs have been created as a result of the highway construction on Section II alone.
At the Shagamu Interchange, Mr. Wolfgang Losesser, the Division Manager of Julius Berger, the contractor handling Section One from Lagos to the Shagamu Interchange, said 17 kilometres of the 3-lane, 43-kilometre road had been completed.
He also said for the first time in Nigeria, a special mixture of asphalt was being used to prevent the road from caving in, due to movement of heavy-duty vehicles and which would make the road durable with lifespan of 20 years.
In a remarks, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed explained that the recent extension of the scope of work was in anticipation of the huge traffic coming out of Lagos to the Shagamu interchange.
Alhaji Mohammed said he was satisfied with the pace of work and called on the contractor to complete the project within the stipulated period.