Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: Yoruba Groups Blame FG, NASS
Following the desertion of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the contractors handling the construction, the Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere and the Yoruba Council of Elders have blamed the Federal Government and the National Assembly.
The two firms handling the projects, Reynolds Construction Company Nigeria Limited and Julius Berger Nigeria Plc have since abandoned works on the road due to a debt of N8.9 billion by the Federal Government.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) confirmed on Sunday that the Federal Government had no money to continue with the repair of the road.
Reacting to this, the Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin described as shameful that the Federal Government could not continue the only project in the Southwest.
According to him, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is the only road that links Lagos to other parts of the country as it serves the entire nation for economic and tourist purposes.
He expressed the group displeasure at the ineptitude and negligence of the government that made the contractors to stop work on the road.
In his response, the spokesman for Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr. Kunle Olajide attributed the inability of the Federal Government to do the road to uncooperative attitude of the National Assembly.
It will be recalled that the National Assembly slashed the budget for the road from N35 billion to N10 billion, which of course led to serious altercation between the minister and the lawmakers.
Olajide said that it was unfortunate that the only road that served the whole nation has been abandoned because the lawmakers, most especially those from the Southwest had refused to do their job diligently.
“Legislators from Southwest need to be more serious and debate this issue of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway so that enough funds could be approved by NASS to fix it,” he said.