The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at the weekend undertook an inspection tour of the ongoing dualization of the Oyo-Ogbomosho road and the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway urging contractors on the latter to speed up work in order to guarantee smooth journey experience for travellers across the country during the coming festivities.
Mr. Fashola, who undertook the inspection tour on the roads while returning from Ilorin where he attended the 5th National Council on Land, Housing and Urban Development, said although the contractors were faced with some constraints such as unpredictable weather and the fact that they have to work while also managing traffic, they must plan their work in such a way that would ensure a more tolerable driving experience during the festivities and general safety on the roads.
“You must plan your work in such a way that you’re able to accommodate that traffic and also help to make the journey time of commuters better during that period. They will be travelling home and coming back, and I also will like you to improve the safety signs on this highway,” Fashola told the contractors.
“Start calibrating your activities to prepare to take in that traffic, it will come, but the big one will come I think sometime in the end of the year when everybody is moving back from home. The target is to make that experience better than last year’s,” Fashola said.
While promising to take the issue of safety further with the management of the companies handling the rehabilitation works, the Minister underscored the steps that must be taken by them to ensure safety on the roads. “ I need to see more safety signs, if you have to put reflective stickers especially for night time and lighting, please do so. We just want to reduce first, the number of casualties and accidents on the road, especially at night and during the day as well, and we want to see how this can translate to better motoring experience during the eid festival which is around the 12th of September plus or minus,” he said.
Pointing out that some of the constraints faced by the contractors include the illegal occupation of the right of ways along the highways, Fashola, warned all such occupiers of rights of way along federal highways to voluntarily quit as government was now set to retake all the right of ways across the country.