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Infrastructure Upgrade: Ogun gets Federal Government’s approval to reconstruct, toll Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway

Engr. (Sen.) David Umahi, Honourable Minister for Works

*Engr. (Sen.) David Umahi, Minister for Works, announces the Federal Government’s approval for the Ogun State Government to reconstruct and toll the popular but collapsing Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway with the involvement of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission and Federal Ministry of Finance in the project implementation process

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Sequel to several years of motorists’ lamentations over the several collapsed portions of the major highway, the Federal Government Monday, October 15, 2023, gave an approval to the Ogun State Government (OGSG) to fix and toll the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

ConsumerConnect reports  Engr. (Sen.) David Umahi, Honourable Minister of Works, who disclosed this development Monday at a media briefing after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT, said the project would be activated under the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI).

One of the collapsed portions of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway

Recall that reports over the years had highlighted the motorists and travellers in the axis lamented severally the deplorable state of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, as they urged the relevant government authorities to fix the fast-collapsing and unmotorable expressway.

However, there is joe a sigh of relief among the stakeholders, including motorists and travellers after Monday’s FEC meeting.

Engr. Umahi, who is the immediate Governor of Ebonyi State, also explained that the project would be carried out under  the HDMI, just as the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and the Federal Ministry of Finance would be involved in the process.

The Minister noted: “On permission to build Federal roads, when such requests are made, we give approval within 24 hours, but then there are conditions to be met – they must have to use the Federal Ministry of Works standard designs.

“Under HDMI, when they (state governments) finish the roads, they have to toll it.

“There is a maximum number of years they have to toll it, recoup their money and then the funds will have to start coming into Federation Account,” he stated.

Umahi further said that is the Federal Government is “very much interested in how much the road is going to cost and to adopt the standard procedure in road construction and design. This is very important.”

The Minister ad well cited “an example of this system — HDMI – was the approval of Lagos-Otta-Abeokuta today (Monday) for Ogun State Government to build and toll.”

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