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FG to terminate Ikorodu-Sagamu Road contract

By on June 2, 2013

The Federal Government will soon terminate the reconstruction contract of the Ikorodu-Sagamu Expressway, the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, has said.

Onolememen disclosed this when the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

The Ikorodu-Sagamu road contract, he recalled, was awarded to Hajaig Construction Limited in 2009.

Although the project was to be completed in 2011, the minister lamented it had not gone beyond 10 per cent.

He, however, promised that the contract would be re-awarded.

Onolememen, in a statement from the ministry, noted that the Ikorodu-Sagamu road was of economic importance to the nation as products from other geo-political zones were being transported through the road to Lagos metropolis and the port for export.

The minister stated that there was no conflict between the ministry and any state government, especially Lagos State government concerning the repairs of federal roads.

He emphasised that what mattered was for all federal roads across the country to be smooth and passable.

Onolememen explained that there must be an approval from the President followed by a strict adherence to guidelines from the ministry, which state governments must follow, to be able to execute a federal road project and be reimbursed thereafter.

He, however, assured the MAN delegation that the Federal Government was committed to the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Ikorodu-Sagamu road.

The Chairman, Infrastructure Committee, MAN, Mr. Reginald Odiah, lauded the minister for showing commitment to improving the state of Nigerian roads.

He drew the attention of the minister to the deplorable condition of the Ikorodu-Sagamu road and other major roads across the nation.

Odiah stated that manufacturers would be delighted to see an immediate intervention on the road.

He urged the government to explore the alternative of constructing concrete roads, because they lasted longer with minimal maintenance.

Odiah further pleaded with the government to commence maintenance work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Sagamu-Ore-Benin Expressway, Ibadan-Ilorin road dualisation, East-West road, Onitsha-Owerri dual carriageway, and Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road, among others.