APAPA GRIDLOCK: Construction finally begins, 7 months after Fashola’s MoU

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Seven months after the Minister of Power, Works and Housing (FMPWH), Mr. Babatunde Fashola signed a N4.34 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on June 17, 2017; with AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd., and some other stakeholders which included the Nigerian Ports Authority, for the reconstruction of the four-kilometre Apapa-Wharf Road, work may have finally begun.

But while the FMPWH celebrates on Sunday that the rehabilitation of port access roads to ease gridlock had begun, Apapa ports stakeholders and residents grieve that the contract with a one year completion mandate may, at its current rate, stretch beyond the 2019 general elections, with severe cost implication on revenue, and people’s welfare.

The project has a completion period of one year, and is funded by AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd., the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Flour Mills of Nigeria.

Mrs Olukorede Keisha, the Supervisor of the ongoing reconstruction of Apapa Wharf Road project, disclosed in Lagos, that work begun as a result of the pledge by Aliko Dangote in November to repair the roads as construction work progressed on the main project.

AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd at a stakeholders meeting in November took up the responsibility to repair the Port Access Roads.

She said that the rehabilitation works which began on Jan. 29 would be completed by the end of February.

Mr. Babatunde Fashola

“Dangote is fulfilling his promise to Nigerians by instructing his company, AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd to start palliative works on Liverpool road starting from Area B Police station.

“The works include desilting of all drains, carting away of debris, grading of all bad portions, filling with stone base and asphalt overlay of severely failed sections.

“The palliative work started since Monday, 29th January.

“Desilting of drains and carting away of debris/refuse is ongoing at Beechland through Coconut( Oshodi bound) as we speak.

“Also, work has started on Tin Can gate 2 (Oshodi bound). Excavation of terribly distressed portion has began, while filling with hardcore has been done in some sections in preparation for the Stone base layer after which asphalt will be laid on it.

NPA Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman

“All these are temporary measures aimed at ameliorating the discomfort of motorists pending the final approval of the reconstruction with concrete by the Ministry (FMPWH).

“The palliative works will be through on or before February ending,” she said.

The supervisor appealed to road users to be patient around construction zones, adding that AG Dangote was working hard to complete ongoing reconstruction on schedule. Workmen were also seen using different equipment laying asphalt and stone base at Liverpool Road.