The Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Godwin Eke has appealed to commuters on the Oshodi-Apapa road to be patient with the government as reconstruction work on the road would begin soon.
Inspecting the road at the weekend, Eke, an engineer, informed journalists that Julius Berger, a construction company, had submitted cost estimates for the repair of Ilassa/Barliet/Iyana Itire sections of the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway but that the ministry was waiting for the approval of the 2016 budget.
He said the inspection of the road was necessary “to assess the current situation of the highway.”
The Controller expressed sadness over the failed portions and apologised to road users on behalf of the Federal Government stating that all failed sections would receive priority attention.
According to him, “Ilassa/Barliet/Iyana Itire sections of this Apapa-Oshodi Expressway are in deplorable condition. We have made some proposals and designs on how to fix the highway and other federal roads in Lagos but it is tied to the 2016, 2017 and 2018 budgets.”
He said the Minister, Mr. Babatunde Fashola promised that the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and all other federal roads in Lagos and throughout the federation would be fixed soon.
“We are assuring the public that as soon as the budget is passed, we will mobilise the contractors to site to begin repairs on these critical sections, that is, Ilassa/Barliet/Iyana Itire sections,” he said.