Minister Clears Air on “N52b” Palliative Paid on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
The Minister in Abuja said that the total sum spent as palliative on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was N1.1b adding that he regarded the wrong publication as a fiction and gross misinformation.
According to him the sum of N620m was paid to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc. for the first section while about N522m was paid to Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) for the second section of the expressway. The section I which traverses from Lagos to Shagamu interchange is to a six-lane dual carriage way with a fly-over at the Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG) junction while the section II will maintain the existing four lanes with rehabilitation of six fly-overs.
Arc. Onolememen who said that the construction of road depends on the design of pavement, specifications of materials, bills of engineering measurement and evaluation used the forum to inform the public about the new innovations of the Ministry to make Nigerian roads more durable.
The Minister stated that these innovations include the use of Macadam Base, Bitumen Emotion and Polymer Bitumen that are meant to increase the life span of the nation’s road longer than what it used to be, which increase he puts at from 25 to 40 years. These materials he mentioned had been used on the newly reconstructed Benin-Ore road due to the perennial failure on the alignment.
He was of the hope that given the rate at which work is progressing and with assured funding from the SURE-P, the Abuja-Lokoja road should be completed by 2014.
The Minister further assured the public that sure and steady steps are being taken towards the realization of the Second Niger Bridge. He also added that two federal roads are being redesigned namely the Baro-Kachia-Agai road and Ikorodu-Shagamu road.
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