The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would be completed in December.
Speaking on Channels Television on Sunday evening, Fashola said the 127-kilometer road would be ready before Christmas, adding that it was subject to many variables.
“The expected completion of this communication will be in the last month of this year. We hope to have it done by Christmas and that is subject to many variables.
Fashola was responding to questions on the performance of the administration of President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) on infrastructure in the past seven years.
Fashola also said that Buhari’s government was involved in many contracts and he could not list all of them on air.
“We deal with more than a thousand different contracts, we have concluded over a thousand contracts.
“We have housing projects, roads in Efon Alaye, Hadejia, Lafya, there is a lot, even if I were a computer, I cannot say everything here,” he said.
“I cannot say the ones that have been started or completed, I am talking about roads of around 500 km or more.
Fashola noted that there was usually a lot of investment in road construction, adding that governments do not start and complete roads in two years.
The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is a major road where users are facing many glitches, especially the traffic that has recently increased due to the recent construction going on in the Otedola section of the road towards Berger.
However, Fashola said some factors affected the construction of the roads even before the projects started which include “Environmental impact assessment, displacement of people, actual design, budgets, etc.
“Where in the world are you going to finish roads in a year or two?” he asked. He noted that it doesn’t matter who started or finished the road.
He noted that the work on the road was not slow. He, however, added that the Seyi Makinde-led Oyo State government was “building drainage in Ojoo and that has slowed down our work”.
“As we speak, somewhere around Ojoo, the Oyo State government is building a drainage facility and that has slowed down our work,” Fashola said.
“You can’t close the road because of the heavy traffic on it. We are closing sections, and opening new ones. The materials used for the construction are from Ogun State which also goes through the same route.
“It’s not slow, the government hasn’t funded it enough over the years,” he said. He, however, added that only the Buhari government is recovering the looted money.