Federal, Ogun Governments Set for Palliatives, Reconstruction of Ota – Idiroko Road.
Uploaded by Michael George on September 9, 2021
Few days after a demonstration by residents and users of Ota – Idiroko road over its deplorable condition, the Federal and Ogun State Ministry of Works, have announced a comprehensive palliative work to begin in not less than two weeks time on the road.
This will precede the award of contract for the reconstruction of the distressed international route to Benin Republic under the Tax Credit Scheme.
Addressing newsmen during a tour of the road, the Federal Controller Works in Ogun state, Mr Umaru Bakare said the proposed reconstruction of the expressway was at the documentation stage, while the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, is already fixing some parts of the road.
He stated that a delegation of the Federal Ministry still visited the road last week to ascertain the level of work to be carried out on the road.
Speaking on behalf of the Ogun state government, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Mr Lateef Yusuf explained that the maintenance work would include desilting of the drainages, filling of gullies with hardcore, stone base and asphalt on the stretch of the bridge underpass to Iganmode bus stop.
LAGOS ABEOKUTA EXPRESSWAY
Meanwhile, the delay of rehabilitation work at the Sango Ota flyover axis of the Lagos Abeokuta Expressway is because the Federal Ministry of Works and the contractor are to effect a redesign of the structure to a concrete pavement as a permanent solution to the recurring damage to that section of the road.
Federal Controller Works in Ogun state, Mr Umaru Bakare, told newsmen during a tour of the expressway that the underpass of the bridge, had become deteriorated due to the low capacity water channel from Ijoko road and activities of roadside traders who block the drains with their wastes, resulting in flooding of the road.
Mr Bakare also attributed the heavy traffic under and around the bridge, to the refusal of some traffic control officers to allow articulated vehicles from using the bridge, which according to him has the capacity to bear such tonnage.
The Federal Controller Works said the concrete pavement would also be used on the Itori – Lafarge stretch around Papalanto because of the cement factory located there.
Earlier, the Federal Controller Works in Lagos State, Mr Olukayode Popoola represented by the Project Supervisor, Mr Adewale Adebote, explained that the heavy flooding which used to claim lives and causes prolonged traffic at Ajala and Kola bus stops, had been corrected with bigger cross – culverts and the work near completion on the Lagos bound lane.
The Federal Controller Works in Lagos assured that the rehabilitation work which is being executed under the Sukuk Funding Scheme of the Federal Government will be completed before the end of next year.
By Abiola PETERS.