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FG may introduce toll on Lagos-Ibadan road, 2nd Niger bridge after completion

By News Desk

As part of the measures to recoup funds spent on the construction of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the 2nd Nigeria bridge, the Federal Government has disclosed that the tolling system would be reintroduced to assist the government in paying some loans secured to complete the projects.

Aside from that, the government stated that both projects would be completed before the first date in January, to allow for easy vehicular movement and reduce motorists’ travel time while using the facilities.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, while disclosing the completion date, has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to delivering infrastructural projects to Nigerians.

According to the Lagos State former governor, the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project will be delivered before December 25, 2022, to reduce the stress often encountered on the road.

Fashola, who stated this during an interview on a popular political programme on television, commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts in delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

When asked when the project will be completed, the Minister said the Federal Government plans to deliver the project before this year’s Christmas celebration in the country,

Fashola however said that the government is waiting for the Oyo State Government to play its role to aid the speedy completion of the project.

“It is less than two hours now to go to Ibadan, you can do Ibadan and come back twice a day now and we haven’t finished. We don’t want to finish and the road is open again.

If you see, the lane marking is already going on, the road furniture is simultaneously being installed road marking is going on and we are waiting for Oyo State. Governor Makinde and I will resolve that pretty soon,” he stated.

On Second Niger Bridge, the Minister also unveiled the government’s plan toward ending the Second Niger Bridge project in the South-Eastern part of the country.

Fashola said the current administration also plans to open the bridge before Christmas, despite the challenges facing the project.

According to Fashola, he has directed the contractor to see that the project is delivered before the deadline, adding that the main bridge deck has been completed.

“We are planning also before Christmas to open that to the public for use because that is when there is a large movement. Hopefully, by Christmas, it will be opened. That was the last meeting I had with the contractor about three weeks ago.”

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