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Government releases project delivery dates for Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, 2nd Niger Bridge

Ongoing Construction Work on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

*Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister for Information and Culture, announces the Federal Government will deliver the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway April 30 and 2nd Niger Bridge May 15, 2023, before the current administration leaves office

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has disclosed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will be delivered April 30, 2023, and the 2nd Niger Bridge May 15 this year.

ConsumerConnect reports  Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture, who spoke for Mr. Babatunde Fashola, his counterpart in the Ministry of Works and Housing, Wednesday, April 27, 2023, in Abuja, FCT, said the Federal Executive Council (FEC) also approved a N1.398 billion variation for the completion of the second phase of the Uto Bridge in Delta State.

Mohammed stated: “The first memo he presented sought approval for a revised estimated cost of a contract for the completion of Phase 2 of Uto Bridge, a 2.6 kilometer stretch in Ikenke, Delta State.

“This is an old project which we are committed to completing.”

The Minister also said: “I think the project was awarded in 2006, but we are committed to completing it.

“So, the FEC approved N1.398 billion to revise the contract from the N4.435 billion to N5.835 billion, inclusive of 7.5 percent VAT, to ensure we complete this project before we leave office.”

He further noted that Fashola brought approval for the ongoing bypass on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“But we can very confidently and proudly announce that the Kano/Zaria 137 kilometer Road and the Zaria/Kaduna 73 kilometer Road will be handed over to us on May 15.

“Ditto the Second Niger Bridge on May 15, the Lagos/Ibadan 116 kilometers, with toll gates, will be handed over to us on April 30,” Mohammed said.

The Minister also: “The Loko-Oweto Bridge is also completed, so also is the Ikom Bridge.

“Our secretariats in Nasarawa, Awka, Bayelsa and Zamfara states are also completed, and the Zuba housing project, 700 apartments, are already for commissioning.”

In a related development, Goodluck Opiah, Honourable Minister of State for Education, as well told the State House correspondents, that the FEC approved N32.4billion for the completion of the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) Headquarters Building Complex, in Abuja.

Opiah disclosed the “Federal Ministry of Education presented a memo for approval for the revised estimated total cost of contract for the completion of the National Library of Nigeria headquarters building complex in Abuja, the revised estimated cost is N32.4 billion.

“The scope of work includes a concrete structure consisting of 11 floors, two basement floors and eight upper floors for housing bookstore, locker rooms, bindery, printing press, restaurants, clinic, crèches changing rooms, exhibition hall, auditorium, cataloguing, general reference areas, legal deposits, office for the administration book stacks, reading areas, electronic data processing center, library research and training centre public convenience and underground car pack furnishing as well as perimeter fencing, gates and gatehouses, internal roads, electrical and mechanical services and other external works.”

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