Incessant accident on Lagos-Ibadan expressway: Abiodun meets Federal Controller of Works, RCC team - NIGERIAN NEWSORBIT


Monday, November 22, 2021

Incessant accident on Lagos-Ibadan expressway: Abiodun meets Federal Controller of Works, RCC team

Determined to stop the incessant carnage, road crashes and loss of lives along the Ogun section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Gov Dapo Abiodun, weekend met with the Federal Controller of Works, Engr. Umar Bakare and the representatives of the contractor handling the reconstruction of the expressway.

Speaking after the meeting held at the Governor's Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr Ade Akinsanya, briefed the press, explaining that the meeting facilitated by Gov. Abiodun, was to map out strategies to reduce carnage on the expressway as a result of accidents, such as the recent tanker explosions at Ogere section.

He said that based on the directive of the governor, there would be changes on the road signs, improvement of the traffic management, while the pace of work will increase.

The Commissioner disclosed that the best part of the road will be open to traffic during the yuletide season, adding that it will be fully completed in January, 2022.

According to Akinsanya, Gov. Abiodun is determined to prevent reoccurrence of Ogere inferno which claimed five lives and destroyed property worth several millions of naira.

In his remarks, the Federal Controller of Works, Ogun State Engr. Umar Bakare, said that the contractor was fully aware of the need to ensure adequate traffic signs on the road and disclosed that the contractor was committed  to improving traffic management on the road.

Bakare who also disclosed that the contractor handling the project has requested for sensitization of the public on the need to be careful on the road which is now a dual carriage way, added that reinforcement would be needed along the stretch where construction is currently going on.

"The representative of the contractor, Engr. Yuri who is the Area Manager has promised that the whole stretch of the road will be completed before the end of January 2022. He also promised that towards the end of the year, that section of the road will be partially completed and totally opened to traffic, so that there won't be any lock jam during the yuletide season.

"The contractor has committed to improve on their traffic management and they have also requested for further sensitization of the public on the construction work going on and in respect to road signs. And they also requested for additional reinforcement within the stretch where work is ongoing at Ogere where we have a lot of trucks, tankers and all sorts of articulated vehicles that usually park on the road," Bakare stated.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Waheed Odusile, noted that the meeting was to ensure that preventable and avoidable accidents do not occur again on the road.

He restated the state government's determination to ensure the safety of lives and property on the expressway.

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