Following difficulties being experienced by the road users, the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has suspended ongoing road construction works around the Berger-OPIC axis extending to the old tollgate on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The announcement was contained in a statement by Engr. F. F. Oloyede, Acting Federal Controller of Works, Lagos.
The statement explained that the decision was taken in order to plan and make provisions for required improvements in traffic management on the road.
The statement acknowledged that the government felt the pains of the people, especially residents of Lagos and Ogun States, who are at the receiving end of the inconveniences due to the gridlock.
It sincerely apologised for the inconveniences caused while at the same time promising to make necessary improvements in the traffic management system on the road in order to alleviate the sufferings of the road users.
Still, the Controller reminded the public that the same road that is being reconstructed is also being used to accommodate traffic through dedicated diversions, appealing for the cooperation of all road users with the Contractor and Traffic Management Officers to allow for free-flow of traffic at all times, even while the reconstruction works are ongoing.
“To this end, we appeal to deterrent road users to desist from driving against traffic and obey all dedicated road diversions along the road in order to prevent unnecessary delays on the road.
“There is also provision for tow trucks along the road should in-case of any breakdown, road users should be patient by not driving against traffic and obeying stationed road traffic officers in order to allow for free flow of traffic,” Oloyede said.
The Controller stated that it is a known fact that there is no pain without gain, therefore, it is the government’s utmost belief that the general public would be the ultimate beneficiaries of the world-class road infrastructure that the Federal Government plans to deliver through the ongoing reconstruction works on the road.
“We, therefore, appeal for the cooperation of the general public towards this end,” Oloyede pleaded.