Nigeria’s Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has directed contractors in charge of the popular Benin-Abuja expressway to ensure the road remains in good condition throughout the year.
The road becomes worse in the rainy season as contractors are unable to work fully
Fashola made the call to the contractors during an official tour of the various road sections in Benin. He urged the contractors to work round the clock, fixing damaged spots on the road for easy movements as these spots contribute to the difficulty motorists experience while plying the road.
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The Minister noted that the road is a nightmare, especially during the rainy season. He stated that even as the contractors execute construction works, they must ensure that the road is motorable when the rains begin. According to him, efforts must be made to put an end to the hardship experienced on the road last year. No matter how good the intentions of road construction are, they are defeated if motorists are made to suffer in the process, he explained.
Fashola who is a former governor of Lagos State revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to wealth distribution to rural areas. He disclosed that the ongoing road construction projects create jobs for residents in rural communities.
“This road was a source of discomfort during the rainy season. We undertook some emergency repairs. This road links the North to the South. You will see that we have passed some sections that have been completed; you will see some sections where the soil is being replaced. You see some sections that stone based have been applied. It is important to highlight the problem here for those who complained about how long it took. We brought down seven meters high hill at Ewu. We solved the accident that used to happen here. We have saved lives and property [sic: through accidents] happening there.”