Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the Ilorin-Jebba road will receive urgent attention from the federal government.
This, he said, will be achievable if the proposed N433 billion allocated to the sector in this year’s budget is approved and signed into law. The minister also noted that the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project has been halted due to an ongoing case in court and as such, no progress can be achieved.
This was contained in a statement signed by a staff of the ministry, Mrs. Ann Daniel, yesterday.
According to the statement, the importance of this road to the nation’s economic activities cannot be over emphasised, adding that the Ilorin-Jebba road links the north to the south where most agricultural produce and livestock get to other parts of the country.
Fashola stated that in 2015, the ministry of works contracted about 206 roads covering over 6,000km with a contract sum of over N2 trillion which was inadequate for their completion. He proposed that the strategy to be adopted for quick completion of road projects is by prioritising which will be based on completing roads that connect states, followed by those that bear the heaviest traffic.
The minister also stressed that the activities of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, will be strengthened. “With the budget proposal, FERMA will be at an advantage to provide comprehensive maintenance on federal roads across the six geo-political zones,” he noted.
On the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, he pleaded that the judiciary should review and expedite action on the case, so as to reduce the untold hardship of commuters and carnage on the road.
He also implored the judiciary to be wary of the several injunctions granted on the case which he said may have negative connotations on investors’ interest and as such against the economic growth of the nation.
Fashola stated that the government is ready to make use of local contractors if they be willing to build their capacity and ensure the use of modern equipment to deliver services, saying the issue of leasing of equipment slows down work progress and hampers service delivery.
He noted that contractors on site will not be short-changed, as their services will be used to complete over 200 ongoing projects already awarded to them across the country.

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