June 13, 2024

On Tuesday, the Works Minister, David Umahi, introduced the concept of nighttime construction to expedite Nigeria’s highway projects. This announcement was made during his visit to project sites in Lagos and Ogun states.

During the visit, Umahi stated that the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway were nearly 98% complete and would be officially inaugurated in mid-September. He also indicated that ancillary works such as interchanges and underpasses would continue even after the inauguration. Additionally, Umahi sought the support of the Ogun state government to assist in compensations for the recovery of Right of Way.

While inspecting section two of the Lagos-Ibadan road, Umahi was accompanied by former Gbenga Daniel. He shared plans to utilize consultants for the concession and tolling of federal highways across the six geo-political zones.

Umahi also provided advice to the contractor, Raynolds Construction Company (RCC), in charge of section two of the Lagos-Ibadan project. He recommended the incorporation of cement into the macadam used for the project, explaining that this would extend the highway’s lifespan to 100 years and allow for 50 years of usage without major maintenance.

During his inspection of the Lagoon section of the Eko Bridge, Umahi instructed engineers to implement nighttime construction. He emphasized the importance of minimizing disruption to road users and proposed closing critical sections for repairs after midnight. He believed that conducting construction during nighttime hours under his supervision would accelerate project completion. Umahi also stressed the cost-effectiveness of maintaining bridges to prevent potential collapses, which could cost trillions of naira to reconstruct.

Umahi assured various contractors that outstanding fees would be promptly paid to facilitate timely project delivery. He expressed contentment and praised Buildwell Plants and Industries Ltd., the contractor responsible for sections of the Eko Bridge, for their work quality. He stated his satisfaction with the designs and confidently projected the completion of the bridge before the end of November.

Umahi pledged to advocate for President Bola Tinubu’s involvement to expedite the completion of bridges currently undergoing maintenance in Lagos.

Inspecting the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki expressway project, Umahi commended Dangote for the high-quality work and use of concrete. He declared that the Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki expressway project was nearly 99% complete. He also praised Dangote for the durable rigid pavement construction on the Apapa-Wharf road, emphasizing his insistence on concrete usage for projects under his supervision.

However, Umahi expressed dissatisfaction with the accumulation of refuse along the project’s alignment from the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonsoki exit at the ports. He pledged to seek Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s assistance in addressing this issue. Umahi also urged his engineers to encourage users of open spaces under bridges to maintain cleanliness.

The minister’s inspection tour began from outer Marina Road and included meetings with traders under Liverpool Bridge. The tour concluded with a visit to Dangote Refinery Road at the Lekki Free Trade Zone.

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