Ogun govt knocks slow repair of Lagos-Ibadan road


The Ogun State government has noted that the contractors handling the repair of the Long Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway are slow.

The PUNCH reports that the gridlock caused by the repairs on the Long Bridge has caused misery for motorists, as the spot has also attracted miscreants who rob commuters at odd hours.

Speaking to our correspondent via phone on Monday, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Kunle Somorin, sympathised with motorists, noting that the Federal Government had been contacted concerning the repairs.

He noted that the state government has reached the Federal Ministry of Work to hasten the repair process.

Somorin said, “We’re at work on it. We’ve made representation to the Federal Ministry of Works to ensure that something is done fast about that, because we understand that it was caused by potholes that the contractors are battling with.

“But we feel that they’re too slow and something serious should be done about it immediately.

“We sympathise with the motorists and the commuters there. We’re not leaving them to their devices.”

According to him, the state government was assisting by deploying traffic personnel to the site.

“We have even offered to give them our personnel to assist; to provide security for 24 hours service so that the road could be fixed. That’s what we’ve done.

“But it’s a federal road and we cannot take over management of that road. We can take care of the traffic situation but the diversion the contractors need is unrealistic,” Somorin said.

Somorin also showed optimism on the response of the FG, stating that the road will be fixed “in no time.”

“Our traffic management agency operatives are there. The solution to it is for the contractors to fix the road.

“We’ve made representations to them and we’re sure that in no time, something will be done,” the governor’s aide said.


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