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What Ambode Told Buhari About Julius Berger

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has urged the Federal Government to urgently mobilise Julius Berger back to the site to rehabilitate the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, to alleviate the robbery and traffic challenges faced by motorists as a result of extreme traffic gridlock.

Ambode spoke on Tuesday after touring Apapa, Ladipo Market, Isolo and other areas.

"What we've done today is to continue the monitoring that we started about three months ago; going to Apapa and seeing some semblance of improvement, but we are not satisfied with what we have seen. I believe strongly that the Federal Government needs to accelerate the need for the contractor to come back to site.

"We are pleading with the Federal Government to make sure that Julius Berger returns to site and alleviate the challenges that motorists are facing. But so far so good, we have seen some parts of Apapa that are now motorable.

"We believe strongly that once the bridge is completed, the Container Terminal will be put to use. The Container Terminal can take up to 1,000 container vehicles and that in itself will improve on the traffic gridlock in Lagos," he said.

Ambode said the Federal Government was owing Lagos N51 billion which it spent in repairing Federal Government roads in the state, but noted that the FG "is saying that some conditions must be met and part of the money is actually under contention. But the part that is free from encumbrances, which is almost about N30 billion, if the Federal Government gives that to us, I will be able to do more roads. The most important part of these Federal roads is the Murtala Mohammed Airport Road to Oshodi."

The governor pledged to meet all the conditions for the repair of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Road adding, "if the Federal Government did not do early next year, we would do it."

Ambode also said the Isolo Road would be completed in nine months but that the contractor would create temporary access to ease traffic during the festive period.

For Ladipo market, Ambode said it represented a major concern for the government, adding that "we've seen some of these traders carry out illegal activities around the canal?, that in itself is endangering their lives and also creating challenges for us. We believe strongly that if all of us agree on the way out, every trader must be ready to comply with the rules of the state."

He appealed to Lagosians to be law abiding as government would not shy away from enforcing the law, adding that government is doing more than ever before to ensure that laws are enforced.

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