The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria has said the worsening state of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is negatively affecting the economy of Lagos.
It urged the Federal Government to take a serious affirmative action to rescue the road from total collapse.
In a statement by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, on Thursday, the party said the inability of the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government to effectively repair the road showed the worth of governance delivered by the PDP in 14 years.
ACN asked the Federal Government to hands off the road and allow the governments of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states “to fix that very important road.”
The party said no noteworthy reconstruction had been done on the expressway since it was contsructed about 43 years ago, saying the Federal Government’s effort to concession the road ended up in a disaster.
ACN said, “The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway remains the busiest and most important road in Nigeria as it serves as the vital access the nation has to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial and industrial hub.
“Nigerians note that the road was constructed about 43 years ago by the military regime and since then, no worthy reconstruction or rehabilitation work had been done on it.
“In the last 14 years of PDP governance, it has only succeeded in mounting giant billboards on the road while they continue to deteriorate. The giant billboards with colour photographs of former President Olusegun Obasanjo are still on the road.
“We witnessed in utter helplessness as the PDP government concessioned the road to Bi Courtney, but the road continued its progressive degeneration.
“The present Jonathan government announced the revocation of the contract to Bi Courtney and re-awarded it to Julius Berger and RCC. But nearly one year after the contract, Nigerians are wondering when meaningful work will start on the road.”
The party said apart from precious man-hours that was wasted on never-ending gridlocks that always stretched from the Lagos end to Shagamu, countless deaths and carnage continued to occur on the road due to its poor nature.
The party said, “We demand quick and immediate commencement of comprehensive reconstruction of the road to save Nigerians the increasing torture they face.
We demand that the Federal Government hands over the road to the three states of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo to build and manage the highway if it cannot effect a comprehensive rehabilitation of the road.
“We believe that a functional and well-maintained Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will boost the economy of Lagos and indeed the entire country.”