Posted by Timige, On 7 Nov, 2023 | Updated On 8 Nov, 2023 No Comments »
The House of Representatives on Tuesday tasked Federal Government with the need to fix the deplorable Lagos-Abeokuta expressway from Abule Egba to Sango.
The House resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Benjamin Olabinjo, who underscored the need for the provision of adequate funding funding of the project in the 2024 Appropriation bill.
In his lead debate, Hon. Olabinjo lamented that the “current condition of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway poses severe safety hazards for road users, due to potholes, uneven surfaces, and inadequate road markings have contributed to accidents and loss of lives.
“The House also notes that the deplorable state of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway from Abule Egba to Sango, which has become a death trap for motorists and commuters.
“The House is concerned that the Impact on Livelihoods of people living along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway has been seriously affected as limited accessibility due to road conditions hampers daily activities, including access to schools, healthcare facilities, markets, and employment opportunities. Swift repair is crucial to restore normalcy, enhance economic opportunities, and improve the quality of life for residents.
“The House is also concerned that the deplorable state of the road has resulted in severe traffic congestion, causing significant delays and disruptions in the movement of goods and people.
“This has negatively impacted economic activities, increased transportation costs, and hindered the growth of businesses along the route. Urgent repair and rehabilitation are necessary to alleviate traffic congestion and promote economic development in the region.
“The House is worried that the state of the road creates a negative impression of the region and deters potential visitors and tourists because is one of the major routes connecting two significant states, which serves as a gateway to the Lagos and Ogun States.
“The House is also worried that the poor road conditions hinder tourism potential, impede regional development, and adversely affect the local economy,” he noted.
To this end, the House urged Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, in collaboration with relevant agencies and stakeholders, to allocate adequate resources, including funding and manpower, for the timely repair, reconstruction, and comprehensive rehabilitation of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway and include it in the 2024 budget estimate.
While ruling on the motion, Speaker Tajudeen Abbas mandated the House Committee on FERMA to carry out rehabilitation on the failed portion of the Road.
He also mandated the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation.
Source: State Oyo - Tribune
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