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The possibility of firms returning to work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has been deemed uncertain as they groan over the non-payment of works already done on the Lagos-Ibadan dual carriageway.
Messrs Julius Berger and Reynoid Construction Company (RCC), the contractors in charge of the projects are bent on getting their money before resuming work. When many people are expecting them to take advantage of the dry season to accelerate construction works on the road, they are keen on getting paid before they deploy workers to continue with the abandoned project.
The contractors handling the Lagos to Shagamu interchange end of the road Julius Berger are yet to resume work, while RCC, which is handling the Ibadan-Shagamu interchange, has been slow in delivering the project.
The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr Godwin Eke, said the Federal Government is in talks with Julius Berger Plc in order to ensure it returns to site. Eke, who is the official of government supervising Section 1 of the expressway, said that the project was over 50 per cent completed before the contractors abandoned site due to debts owed it.
According to Eke, the ministry got an approval for augmentation, noting that at a point, the construction firm could not make claims for works already executed.
“Recently, we got approval for augmentation because at a point, Julius Berger could not make claims for works already executed. So, now that we have the approval in our hands, construction work will soon resume fully on Section 1 of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.” he said.
Eke said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had been able to clear debt owed by previous administrations on road projects, he said that this gesture would pave the way for the completion of the various roads projects on-going across the nation.