Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the approval of the award of contract for the construction and rehabilitation of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, days after his visit to Badagry in Lagos West Senatorial District.
Adeola decsribed the award of a N63.023 billion contract for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Lagos-Badagry-Seme Border Expressway as a commendable action on the part of the Federal Government, to ameliorate the daily suffering of his constituents and other Nigerians.
He said the collapse of the major road over the years has caused untold hardship to commuters as well as cripple businesses along the international land gateway to Nigeria.
“Millions of my constituents, other Nigerians and foreigners plying this critical international highway in Lagos spend gruelling hours in gridlocks, occasioned by the deplorable state of vast sections of the road leading to Seme international border and Benin Republic.
“Last year, I took my town hall meeting and empowerment programme to Badagry and we spent four and half hours to reach Badagry from Ikeja for a journey of less than one and half hours. I had to spend a night and a day to conclude what should ordinarily be a programme of less than 3 hours,” he lamented.
Adeola said the approval of the 46-kilometre road contract as announced by the Minister of Work, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to include a 24-kilometre six lanes and 22-kilometre retaining the old 4 lanes will impact positively on the welfare of the people and business growth along the corridor.
He said with the Lagos State Government under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode undertaking the construction and rehabilitation of other contract from the Eric Moore to Okokomaiko section, Nigeria, at the completion of the contract, would have fulfilled its part of the Lagos-Abidjan highway project as agreed by Economic Community of West African States Heads of State since 2013.
Adeola promised to keep a track on the progress of the contract for its complete execution, adding in a bid to ameliorate the suffering of the people in that axis of his senatorial district, he facilitated the rehabilitation of Baale-Olodi Apapa Road (Boundary-Berger-Suya-Kirikiri Bridge) in 2017 budget by Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) as well as inclusion of rehabilitation of Gbagi-Owode Road in Badagry in 2018 budget of FERMA.