Lagos - Commuters plying the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Tuesday commended the Federal Government for terminating the concession contract of the road to Bi-Courtney Consortium.
The Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onolememen, while announcing the termination of the contract on Monday in Abuja, said that the job had been handed to Julius Berger Plc and RCC Nigeria Ltd.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the concession of the road to Bi-Courtney Consortium was granted on May 8, 2009 and signed on May 26, 2009.
Mrs Toyin Olaifa, a Systems Analyst in Lagos, told NAN in Lagos that the initiative was commendable to alleviate sufferings of road users.
``The revocation is good because it seems Bi-Courtney did not have the capacity to reconstruct the road. Sincerely, motorists and commuters are suffering.
``I live at Ibafor and this road is a death trap for those who ply it.
``My husband works in Ibadan and everyday he goes to work, I have to keep praying and calling him on phone because of the risk of using this road,” Olaifa said.
She described as timely the re-award of the contract to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and RCC Nigeria Ltd.
Mr Akinyemi Kadri, a Lagos based business man, who also lauded government’s initiative to terminate the contract, queried the integrity of RCC Nigeria Ltd. to re-construct the second face of Shagamu Interchange to Ibadan.
Kadri was of the view that the entire road should have been given to Julius Berger Plc to ensure early completion.
``Julius Berger should have been given the entire road due to its track records on roads construction.
``The portion given to Julius Berger is too small but we are happy as long as the two companies can ensure speedy the completion of the road,” he said.
However, Mr Increase Dogo, an IT consultant, said: “It is not just about revoking the contract, we should ask also, did the Federal Government do what it was supposed to do?.
``Let us find out if Federal Government has been releasing funds the way it supposed to and we should ask why the delay?’’
Mr Ibeabuchi Arungwa, a salesman, also advised Federal Government to also revoke other road contracts that had been delayed by contractors.
``The revocation was a welcome development because a company cannot hold the entire nation to ransom. The road is very important to the country.’
``In fact, the Federal Government should not stop on this one but should extend it to other road contracts that have been delayed,” Arunga said.