Press Release: Afenifere Wants Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Rebuilt Not Patched!

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
By Yinka Odumakin

Afenifere has noted with concern the on-going resurfacing work along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as against the hope of rebuilding what has become an "open grave" that was taken from Bi-Courtney  a few months back.

Motorists and travelers have faced untold hardship on this road built close to 40 years ago with engineering designs  of a road pavement with an asphalt layer as road surface and crushed granite layer above laterite soil under.But the benign culture of corruption in Nigeria then ensured that the road was built without the crushed granite layer which led to uneven.broken and corrugated surface within few years of use.

The culture of corruption has become a full-blown cancer over the years with billions of Naira budgeted every now and then ending in the pockets of corrupt officials with the attendant consequence of daily deaths on the trap.

Were Nigeria a country with functional statistics,it would have been easier to compare the casualty figures on this road with number of lives lost in major wars in human experience in recent times.

It was therefore with great sigh of relief that users of the major route for most travelers out of Lagos to all parts of the country received the news of   the  concession of the road by Yara'adua government in 2009  after Obasanjo"s eight years in office left the road in virtual disrepair.

The chairman of Bi-Coutney,Dr Wale Babalakin further sugar bamboozled the unwary when he promised in 2009 that,"The primary objective of the proposed rehabilitation and modernization project is to unlock the economic potentials of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway by redeveloping it to efficiently carry available traffic demand.And in the process create a world class infrastructure that will be the pride of all Nigerians and a reference point"
"The road would boast of dawn lightening powered by a gas fired plant,improved and new interchanges,new drainage system,recessed service area,lay-back parking area,footbridges in heavy pedestrian area,weigh bridges,electronic traffic control  and  informative   signs"

By the time the concession was terminated almost four years after ,Bi-Courtney left the road as a shame to all Nigerians and a sore-point.
Hope was rekindled with the Federal Government announcement that the road was to be rebuilt by Julius Berger PLC and RCC Nigeria Limited and both  firms moving to site immediately.

This was dashed again as they vacated site after some days and information coming to the public that there was no contract between the Federal Government and the firms.

The duo later returned to site albeit  with a contract to patch the road as against the reconstruction expected.Julius Berger has since finished its own portion while RCC is still engaged in its own patch work.

While Afenifere concedes that what has been done is an improvement on the irresponsible neglect of the road by Obasanjo,we insist that mere patchwork is too token on such a major road that has claimed uncountable lives.

We are further disturbed by the announcement by the Works Minister,Mr Mike Onolememen  that reconstruction design has been submitted to his office.
The question to ask is whether there was no design for the road over the years and including the period of phantom concession.

Given what we know of government in Nigeria,approving the design  may not be completed till the end of the life of this administration.

We insist that the repair being carried out is not sufficient .We ask for a rebuilt road with six lanes on each of the northbound and  southbound carriages between the interchange at Ojota in Lagos and the Sagamu   interchange  from where it should continue with four lanes on each side to Ojoo in Ibadan.
Anything short of the above is a waste of time!

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A TOTAL SHAME OF THE NATION !

Why is PDP still in power since 1999?

The last time I was on that road visiting Nigeria- I asked my brother who was driving when are we going to hit highway? Then he laughed and said we're almost half way. I thought he was taking some back road to avoid traffic- I didn't recognize we were Lagos-Ibadan Xpress. I could not believe my eyes especially visiting from the US.

OBJ should be stoned if seen on the street.

All those market women would cry bitterly when their sons and daughters are lost on bad roads. But they forget to have mortgaged their future away for peanuts that PDP handout to them.

180 million country can't manage 75 miles of highway? This is what many drive each way here for work in the US. New York City to South Jersey. SHAME !

Any one voting for PDP is a BASTARD !

This is a classic case of Democratic failure. Democracy has failed in Nigerian. The essence of democracy is that you have power to vote out non-performing govt. Why is PDP still in power since 1999? Plus people dancing behind their corrupt figures while souls and innocent lives are lost as a result of PDP incompetencies.

All those market women would cry bitterly when their sons and daughters are lost on bad roads. But they forget to mortgaged their future away for peanuts that PDP handout to them.

Hence Nigerians themselves are the FOOLS !

@tundemash.... It is d reason the Oba of Illorin is still hiding

@tundemash!

I sympathize with you for the obvious reason of your juvenile & uninformed & unscientific reaction to my comments. You carefully avoided the issues raised & decided to dance to your own music of self delusion.....anyway, need I say more? Your attitude explains the reason the Oba of Illorin is still hiding in the bushes around Offa since 1777 while the alien Emir sits on the throne. So it is clear that the this blight is genetic & runs in your ancestry - Cowardice unlimited.

Have a bad day!

Long live the United Republic of the SS&SE

Must See Video of State of this Expressway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzrQl0UZ1SM

you will see trailers blatantly breaking every common sense rule of safe driving. two lanes reduced to one, as trailers parked on either hard shoulders, hawkers, trailers backing up, refuse everywhere. chei i weep.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Naoqd6FW89o
carnage as 9 oil tankers caught fire on June 2012...

PDP ORGY will be over IF THEY DO NOT CHANGE THEIR WAYS!

PDP ORGY will be over IF THEY DO NOT CHANGE THEIR WAYS!

Corruption and cheap money has become morula fruit in the lives of our present RUINERS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5E5TjkDvU0

Will there be PEACE after THE elections in 2015?

If elections are honestly conducted today with the infrastructure, security and unprecedented poverty level and moral decay PREVALENT in Nigeria, PDP WILL be swept out of power. This is not HYPE, and PDP LORDS know it. The point is, is there a viable and reliable alternative on the ground? Should we, the people rise up and choose whom we want to do what is best for us?

REPERCUSSION OF ETHNO-RELIGIOUS POLITICS!

Nobody forced South-West to vote for Jonathan only wanted to see the end of a northerner ruling Nigeria. Well now it appears that Jonathan is more ethnic than Jews,Arabs and Europeans put together. Ethno-religious politics has no any profits at all. Vote for a person based on his credibility and readiness to serve his people on the clear exhibition of accountability,dedications,honesty and just. We should know the danger to having a bad leader and the advantages for having a good leader.

MIKE ONOLOMEMEN PLZ FIX LAGOS-IBADAN EXPRESSWAY FOR US.

The Federal Govt. has to realise the importance of the road (-Ibadan Expressway) to Nigerians. If the concession is revoked from Bi-Courtney, let it be re-concessioned to reputable and capable company who can source for funds and take on the construction of the road project. As we are told that there is already an approved design for the new road. They say the major problem with Bi-Courtney is that he was not able to secure funds from foreign Banks which was the major reason why the construction of the road dragged for years before it was finally revoked. President Jonathan, Nigerians are waiting to see this road being rebuilt to a modern standard with the facilities imbedded in the design( Quote: "The road would boast of dawn lightening powered by a gas fired plant,improved and new interchanges,new drainage system,recessed service area,lay-back parking area,footbridges in heavy pedestrian area,weigh bridges,electronic traffic control and informative signs").

Good News from AFENIFERE

I think this is the best I have heard from Afenifere since the death of Gen. Abacha.
These groups (Afenifere, OPC, Boko Haram, Niger Delta Youth) could be helpful to Nigeria if they became social crusaders. They can put their houses in order and force the govt to execute projects in their various areas in the country.
Please lets do the right thing. Nigeria is one and nothing can divide it (Religion or tribe etc). The earlier this is understood, the better.
The country is going through some tough social and political times but we know that these changes are needed to become a better Nation.

KOSOKO (Toronto, Canada)

A major artery!

I really don't know how our leaders think. This Lagos-Ibadan expressway is a major artery going both northwards and eastwards. How can such a road be in this constant state of disrepair year in year out.

I agree entirely with the position of Afenifere. A road constructed over 40 years ago will definitely benefit from a reconstruction! This one no be rock science, Haba!

CONCERNING LAGOS-IBADAN EXPRESS WAY

THERE IS SOMETHING VERY FRIGHTENING AND VERY DISTURBING ABOUT THE SUPREME INDIFFERENCE TO THE SUFFERINGS OF NIGERIANS BY THE PEOPLE IN POWER. HOW DO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY STEALING THE MONEY FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THIS ROAD ABLE TO SLEEP IN THEIR BEDS AT NIGHT? MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL. THE PRESIDENT'S SILENCE ABOUT THE MONUMENTAL CORRUPTION ON THIS ROAD IS EVEN MORE DISTURBING. ALL IT TAKES IS FOR THE PRESIDENT TO GO AND STAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT ROAD JUST LIKE HE DID AT THE POLICE COLLEGE AND SAY THAT HE WANTS TO SEE WHERE ALL THE MONEY HAS GONE?

how many roads did OBJ build

how many roads did OBJ build in the SS?

@akpos1: Like OBJ like Akpabio like Jona : All PDP theives

@akpos !

Like OBJ like Akpabio who just used your children's inheritance on the wedding of Tuface Idibia while u keep wasting away your life here because of peanuts paid you by Jona's media team !

http://saharareporters.com/news-page/public-outrage-over-gov-akpabios-we...

OBJ's corrupt govt. mid-wifed and gave birth to the hopelessly corrupt Jona's govt. Can a chimpanzee give birth to a goat ? It is all same PDP govt. from 1999 till now ! And unfortunately .. just as your father and yourself are serving Jona and HipoPatience for crumbs so also will your future generation serve the children of Akpabio, Ibori, Jona, OBJ, Silva, Alamesghia and other PDP rogues because you have mortgaged their future for crumbs now ! Enjoy the transformation. Your daughters will be prostitutes to future MEND thugs while your sons shall serve meh shai by the road sides.

you sound like a broken record

Hey akpos you talk too much. Do us all a favor and shut the hell up, maybe for once thing might take a better turn for your miserable life.

Treat without action

@ Akpos1.And these BH people are in-charge of your SS/SE oil& gas right there at your backyard as recently revealed by one of your SS serving senator and you have nothing to do about it all these while? despite series of bragging on this forum, so which means you are mere bulldog that have teeth but cannot bite. Honestly, this will be my last reply to your comment as you are nothing but an empty treat that lack no action. Shame on you and your Republic.

Treat without action

And these BH people are in-charge of your SS/SE oil& gas right there at your backyard as recently revealed by one of your SS serving senator and you have nothing to do about it all these while? despite series of bragging on this forum, so which means you are mere bulldog that have teeth but cannot bite. Honestly, this will be my last reply to your comment as you are nothing but an empty treat that lack no action. Shame on you and your Republic.

DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING NOW AFENIFERE

Don't even think about any form of serious development, not with this clueless Govt. You need to see the East-West Road that leads to Bayelsa State, GEJ's home State, then you'll be convinced not to expect anything serious from this Regime. After all, you guys voted him en masse last elections. So don't expect much and don't complain.

Show us the pics of the persona houses OBJ built....

Show us the pics of the persona houses OBJ built during his evil 8yrs whe the Lagos-Ibadan Rd deteriorated and you will easily notice that the cost of all the personal houses built by Thief OBJ during his 8yrs in power will exceedingly outweigh the cost of repairing or even constructing a road from Lagos to Soweto. Nonsense!! Why we dey do as if we no no wetin they happen? Will OBJ say he did not know about Babalakins deals at Bi-Coutney? OBJ wud have received his 'cut'. Pure & simple. Yet the chimp moves around freely as one with his infectious brand of incurable corruption.

Lets vote....a kind of referendum as has just been done at Foklands Island. Let those who do not want to be part of continent Nigeria like the Republic & The United SS&SE republic go their way. BHaram can then continue wit the West with whom they strike a chord. Have a bad day!

Hundreds of thousands of

Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians including a former Works Ninister have perished on our roads.Bad roads aid highway robbery.
Good road network needs planning. Deploy toll gates if need be OR pirvatize the roads. Nigerians merely desire accident free roads, to live long. This matter deserves attention. Who is next to travel and not return because of our roads. The good of Nigerians is the issue.A good road to the eastern states will not be used by easterners alone. Same goes for the other geo-political zones. A stitch in time.

Blue Elephant Project

Press release my ‘shit’. Why did Thief OBJ nt build it for 8yrs that he was there. Was the rd good then? Nonesense..When Bayelsa ‘proposed’ to build only 2 bridges, Sahara Repoters caled it White Elephant project. What an offensive and irespnsible caption in 21st century journalism. Bt now, dey say “Press release” bcos it's Oduduwa republic. Is dis Lagos–Ibadan rd a Blue Elephant? Y did S.Reporters nt use d caption: “Press Release”in posting the news of d proposed 2 flyovers in Bayelsa? Why? No be pple go use d flyover for Bayelsa? Dis is clearly a case of ‘junkurukuru’ journalism. A mockery of d principle of equity, justice & fairness...by d way, where will d money come from? I hop not my oil&gas. Well, I trust Jona. SR should go to the SE & wil hav enugh pictures of bad roads. That’s where u wil find erosion at its best. Enuf photos 2last a life time. Bt u giv us d one u want2. This is not what d pple of SS&SE want 2c. Long live United Rep of the SS&SE

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