Tuesday, May 19, 2009

LASG Pays N450 Billion to Julius Berger

Nigeria: LASG Pays N450 Billion to Julius Berger

Abiodun Jimoh

14 May 2009

The Lagos state government has paid Julius Berger four hundred and fifty billion naira for the expansion of Mile 2 to Badagry-Seme border road in the metropolis.

The construction contract of the about seventy kilometers road network was awarded to the famous construction firm and is expected to commence at the end of the third quarter of the year.

According to Otunba Idowu Ajanaku, Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola on Public Affairs, while featuring on a radio programme monitored in Lagos on Tuesday stated that this administration is bent in improving the lives of the citizens in Lagos as well making the state a pride of Nigeria and Africa indeed. Ajanaku averred that the stipulated amount would cover the cost of construction, payment of compensation to those whose houses or property were affected as a result of the demolition exercise being carried out in order to pave way for the expansion and other logistics stipulated in the contractual agreement.

Speaking further, he hinted that the persistent traffic jam that has characterized the road described as the gateway to the country, would be a thing of the past as the ten lanes is anticipated to have five lanes each on both sides in which various vehicles such as heavy duty trucks, trailers, BRT, light vehicles amongst would have their own lane separately. "The high rate of traffic jam that has become stigma to this road will be over since the State Governor Babatunde Fashola has taken cognizance of the dreaded situation by awarding the contract for the expansion of the road to Julius Berger. It is believe that work will start before the end of next quarter since it has been formalized, we expect that all those whose property will have to pave way for the project must have received compensation appropriately", he opined.

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