Road Network News #Update
The Lagos state government yesterday 6th, february. 2018 kicked off the construction of the International Airport road. The contract which had been awarded to one of the world class road contractors (Messers Hitech Construction Company Limited) kicked off last year.
The construction which is believed to be a 10 lane road carriage way with interchange, flyover, pedestrian bridges, walkways, street lights, horticulture and landscape was approved in June 2017 by the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo to commemorate Lagos state’s 50th birthday. The project is expected to run till be in 2019
The secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello disclosed the receipt of the Federal Government’s approval,and a detailed letter, promising to build a world class gateway on the potholed road of Lagos. The statement also indicated that the approval was a 50th birthday gift to Lagos state.
Though series of project letters for the reconstruction had been sent but was turned down by the federal government arguing that it is the number one gateway into Nigeria that require proper attention. But being in opposition with successive governments at Abuja did not help its case. It became a political rather than a socio-economic issue and politicians across the political divide used it against each other, with the FG doing nothing other than irregular grass cutting and filling of a few potholes.
The Association Nigeria Courier Operators (ANCO) expressed sheer joy on the news of the approval given to Lagos state and the award of the contract as one the best things that will help courier and logistics business in the country from 2019 when the reconstruction would have been completed.
National President of ANCO, Mr. Siyanbola Oladapo, in an exclusive interview with Moov Logistics News said, “Lagos State is taking a bold step to rebuild the road, which is very commendable. The new road will eliminate touts and commercial bus operators who misuse the road and make it impassable on a daily basis.”
While expressing his thoughts and beliefs, he advised that alternative roads be provided in course of the project for easy access so as not to add to the challenge cargo movers and other users of the road are already facing.
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