Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to delivering infrastructure projects to Nigerians, stating that the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project will be completed by December 25, 2022.
Fashola stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, where he praised President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to deliver democratic dividends to Nigerians.
When asked when the project would be completed, the Minister stated that the Federal Government intends to complete it before Christmas.
“People used to do a one-week trip for a whole day so that is progress. We plan to finish this year,” the minister said.
Fashola however said that the government is waiting for the Oyo State Government to play its role to aid the speedy completion of the project.
“It is less than two hours now to go to Ibadan, you can do Ibadan and come back twice a day now and we haven’t finished. We don’t want to finish and the road is open again.
If you see, the lane marking is already going on, the road furniture is simultaneously being installed road marking is going on and we are waiting for Oyo State. Governor Makinde and I will resolve that pretty soon,” he stated.
The Minister also unveiled the government’s plan toward ending the Second Niger Bridge project in the South-Eastern part of the country.
Fashola said the current administration also plans to open the bridge before Christmas, despite the challenges facing the project.
According to Fashola, he has directed the contractor to see that the project is delivered before the deadline, adding that the main bridge deck has been completed.
“We are planning also before Christmas to open that to the public for use because that is when there is a large movement.
“Hopefully, by Christmas, it will be opened. That was the last meeting I had with the contractor about three weeks ago.”