The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has promised that the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway will be ready before the end of 2020
Naija News learnt that Fashola made this while inspecting the progress of the ongoing construction of the road alongside President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
Fashola speaking further revealed that road reconstruction has created thousands of direct and indirect jobs and at the same time, advancing commerce because of the local content going into the work.
He explained that the project is creating wealth with thousands of trucks conveying iron rods, cement and other locally-sourced raw materials to sites where some 650 people were directly employed on various projects. He commended the private public partnership scheme with Dangote, expected to execute road construction from the Nigerian Ports Authority through various areas to the old Toll Gate at Ojota, near Lagos.
The minister pointed out that section two of the project, which was not part of the original contract was already showing signs of failure, due to heavy traffic.
Also speaking, Dangote said the congestion at the ports has resulted to a loss of N25 billion for his company between 2017 and 2019.
He lauded the quality of work taking place on the road, saying that the development was reviving commerce in the Apapa area.
He said that the N72.9 billion project would have 10 lanes, stretching from Apapa to the Toll Gate at Ojota.