Lagos - Expansion and rehabilitation works on the
Lagos-Ibadan highway would be completed this dry season, Mr Babatunde Fashola,
the minister of power, works and housing said.
Fashola, who briefed the media in Lagos on his first year in
office, said that the long bridge at the Lagos-Ogun border on the road had to
be shut because a lot of construction work was ongoing underneath it.
“Roads are depreciating assets that need constant
maintenance and regulated usage,” he said, adding that the issue of overloaded
trucks was being addressed.
According to him, the ECOWAS sub-region is already looking
into the issue of double-axle articulated vehicles that transport more tonnage
than most roads were built to accommodate.
Fashola also said that weighbridges would be reintroduced on
Nigerian roads to arrest overloading.
He said, however, that warehouses have to be built by the
weighbridges to take in offloaded extra goods from arrested haulage vehicles.
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The minister also said that the issue of reintroducing
tollgates on roads would be decided by Nigerians, stressing that he had not
forgotten his experience on this when he was the governor of Lagos State.
He said that privately built roads that were to repay
investors through tolling drew the ire of some Lagos residents and led to court
Fashola said that the Federal Government was giving priority
attention to roads that connected major cities as well as those that would
ensure quick evacuation of farm products to the cities.
He said that with increased budgetary allocation to the
sector, more would be done to ensure a smoother road network nationwide.
Nigeria has about 200,000 kilometers of road network, of
which the Federal Government is credited with 18 per cent, the states 16 per
cent, and the local governments 66 per cent of mostly earth roads.
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