A section of the road leading from Ijora to the Apapa seaport in Lagos metropolis is to be shut down for a year to facilitate its reconstruction as part of moves to de-congest heavy traffic jam affecting movement in and out of the axis.
Affected portion to be constructed with concrete, is a two kilometre stretch from the marine beach bridge to the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) end of the road.
The project being financed by NPA, Dangote Industries and Nigerian Flour Mills is to be handled by the a construction firm, AG Dangote at a cost N4.3 billion.
A memorandum for the project had been signed between the Presidency and the NPA, the Dangote Industries and Nigeria Flour Mills.
Power works and infrastructure minister, Raji Fashola signing the agreement in which the road was handed over to the financier of the project is optimistic that its implementation will provide a final solution to the agonies of residents, road users and companies in the area.
The minister commended the “leadership role’’ of the stakeholders to solve the complex problems in Apapa and its environs.
According to him, the situation has caused stress to residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the state.
Fashola said, “As a result of all these unsavory practices, we have reached a point of near total gridlock, it is difficult to move cargo in or out, difficult for residents to get home and this must stop.”
Fashola said that it took time to reach an agreement on the project because the stakeholders were putting up an effective design that would address the drainage problem because the area was water logged.
He said, “We have finished with the design, we now have a Bill of Quantity and the cost of the road is N4.34 billion to be funded and paid for by these three groups: Flour Mills of Nigeria, AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd and NPA.”
The minister said that although the parties were funding the project, the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing would supervise it through all the stages to ensure quality and compliance with standards.