President Goodluck Jonathan will today commission the multibillion naira Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Airport Road Lot II, and Murtala Mohammed, Kubwa Expressway.
A statement signed in Abuja yesterday by the chief press secretary to Federal Capital Territory Minister, Hazat Sule, described the ceremony as a show of the dividends of the Transformation Agenda of the federal government.
The statement noted that the commissioning would take place at Lugbe interchange along the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway.
It further disclosed that President Jonathan would thereafter inspect the ongoing Abuja Light Rail which is expected to come on board soon.
Recall that the contract for the expansion of the expressways also known as the Outer Southern Expressway and Outer Northern Expressway respectively was awarded by the administration of late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2008, as a means of tackling the problems of perennial traffic congestion usually encountered by people coming into the Nigeria capital city through those axes.
The contract, which involved expansion of the roads to 10 lanes as well as the rehabilitation of the existing expressways, was awarded at a cost of N257 billion.
The two lots of the Airport Expressway project were managed by Julius Berger while Messrs Dantata and Sawoe and CGC Nigeria Limited executed Lot I and Lot II of the Outer Northern Expressway (Kubwa Expressway) project.
Meanwhile, motorists and commuters, including members of the Senate and House Committees on FCT, have identified some lapses with the road design, especially the problem of the open drainage system constructed at the middle of the expressways which many have described as a death trap, as vehicles regularly crash into them with fatal consequences.


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