The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has ordered the contractor handling the construction of Lambata-Lapai-Bida Road to begin remedial works with boulders on the critical section of the road to the relief of commuters.
He gave this directive in a statement titled ‘Ministry of Works and Housing directs remedial works on Lambata-Lapai-Bida road to ease passage for commuters’ issued by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Boade Akinola, on Monday.
The statement read, “The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has directed the contractor handling the construction of Lambata-Lapai-Bida Road to immediately embark on remedial works with boulders on the critical section of the road in order to bring relief to commuters.”
It added, “According to the directive, the Minister noted that the inclement weather condition was adversely affecting the progress of work on the ongoing 124.8km thereby making the road unmotorable especially between Km 45 – 50 kms to articulated vehicles and trailers conveying petroleum products and others.”
The Minister emphasised that the contractor should focus on executing the worst Fadama section of the road Km 45-50 to alleviate the travelling challenge of commuters.
Additionally, the Ministry requested the leadership of the Union of Truck Owners and Operators to appeal to their drivers to vacate the road so that the contractor could access the worksite.
The Minister also appealed to Niger State Government to reconsider the decision to close Bida-Minna and Lapai-Paiko roads while construction would be ongoing so as to decongest and distribute the traffic on Bida-Lambata road to the other adjourning state roads.
The press statement disclosed, “The Minister explained further that the restriction of articulated vehicles from using Bida-Minna road by Niger State Government diverted most of the Lagos and Abuja bound articulated vehicles to Lambata-Lapai-Bida road, adding that this has increased the volume of traffic and this hampers smooth operations by contractors at site causing slow progress of work.”
It added, “The contract was awarded in May 2018 and 26.7km out of 124.8km has been completed.”
The minster, who sympathised with commuters adversely impacted, reiterated the government’s commitment to infrastructure development.