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  • Updated: May 27, 2024

Tinubu inaugurates reconstructed Apapa-Oworonshoki-Ojota-Oshodi Expressway

Tinubu inaugurates reconstructed Apapa-Oworonshoki-Ojota-Osh

President Bola Tinubu, on Sunday, inaugurated the newly reconstructed Apapa-Oworonshoki-Ojota-Oshodi Expressway, a 36.02km route connecting Nigeria’s premier ports, Apapa and Tin Can Island, to larger parts of Lagos State.

Tinubu, represented by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, performed the symbolic unveiling of the concrete-paved road at the Gbagada stretch. 

He also virtually inaugurated the recently rehabilitated Third Mainland Bridge.

The president emphasized that the expressway would enhance port access, boost commercial activities, and spur economic development. 

The projects were executed by the Federal Ministry of Works, with Dangote Industries Limited handling the road reconstruction under the tax credit method of infrastructure funding, and Hitech Construction Nigeria Limited as the subcontractor.

Originally constructed between 1975 and 1978, the road had deteriorated significantly, causing severe delays in evacuating goods from Apapa Wharf.

The reconstruction was completed in four sections using Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement.

The rehabilitated Third Mainland Bridge, spanning about 11.8km, is the longest of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland. 

Initially inaugurated by President Shehu Shagari in 1980 and completed by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in 1990, the bridge recently underwent significant rehabilitation to improve its structural integrity and extend its lifespan.

The inauguration highlights a major step in enhancing Lagos's infrastructure and economic potential, according to a statement by presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale on Sunday in Abuja.

“This is a great feat by any standards, and it is all for Nigeria. I congratulate the Ministry of Works and the contractors for the great work.

“It is not only in Lagos that these good things are happening.

“From the Presidential Villa in Asokoro to the AYA Roundabout in the capital city (Abuja), you will notice a great deal of work and some of these projects will be commissioned this week,’’ the President said.

The minister of works, David Umahi, explained the reason for the use of concrete technology in constructing the road, noting its durability as well as the rising cost of bitumen used in making asphalt.

“We want our contractors to migrate to the use of concrete technology for road construction,’’ the Minister said while describing the inauguration of the road as another plus on the utility of tax credits in the country.

On the Third Mainland Bridge, the minister explained that the project went beyond mere rehabilitation.

“We had to replace all the expansion joints, and we also noticed that over the years all the maintenance on the bridge was only for the surface and that created a lot of super elevation, potholes, and increased the dead load on the bridge resulting in increased deflection,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Works, Dr Yakubu Kofarmata, announced that Tinubu had directed the ministry to complete the Abuja-Kano Road within one year.

He assured Nigerians that Makurdi-Enugu Expressway was on the verge of completion and that other federal road projects across the country were receiving attention.

According to the Permanent Secretary, the minister of works has saved Nigeria a total of N1.19 trillion through renegotiations of some ongoing road project costs across the country.

“What we are witnessing today is Nigeria working under the Renewed Hope Agenda of this administration, and the determination to have a better Nigeria where infrastructural facilities are functioning,” he said.

The deputy governor of Lagos state, Dr Femi Hamzat, commended the President and the federal ministry of works for fixing the roads, adding that it would reduce travel time from 7 hours to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

“About two years ago, a lot of companies on the Apapa-Oworonshoki-Ojota Road moved from this axis because of the deplorable state of the road.

“We are grateful to Mr President, the Ministry of Works, Dangote Group and Hitech Construction Limited for the current state of the road and also for the Third Mainland Bridge,’’ Hamzat said.

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