The Ogun State government said on Saturday it has directed construction giant Julius Berger to work at night and ease traffic on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The government in a statement by Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, Secretary to the State Government, said it was deeply concerned by the hardship commuters were facing daily.
The government directed that with effect from Monday, August 8, 2016, the contractor shall not work on the Lagos Ibadan expressway during the peak traffic hours, namely from 6am to 10am and between 4pm and 10pm.
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“”We encourage the contractor to work full blast between 10am and 4pm and also during the night after 10pm,” the government said.
“This measure has become necessary because we observed that the already bad traffic situation on the expressway has been further compounded by the increasing spate of armed robberies reported along the road.
“The Ogun State government welcomes the ongoing reconstruction works in the full realization of the fact that this will ultimately bring greater relief to our people. We however note that the effort has come with temporary pain, in the nature of perennial traffic congestion and security challenges.
“In the past few weeks, we took two steps. We increased police and security patrols on that axis and opened up discussions with the Federal Controller of Works, Ogun State and the contractor. We suggested that they should consider working late evenings and overnight in order to ameliorate the disruption to the lives of commuters on the ever-busy expressway and Ogun residents. It is a thing of regret that our suggestion was spurned.
“The state government made this request based on experience. We recall that before the advent of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration, armed robberies occasioned by bad portions of the road; traffic congestion caused by unruly drivers driving against the flow of traffic and tanker drivers parking indiscriminately on the median, were the order of the day”.