The Federal Government says the current weather conditions characterising the rainy season are making the timely completion of work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway difficult.
The Southwest Zonal Director of Highways, Federal Ministry of Works, Adedamola Kuti, said this in an interview with PUNCH Metro on Wednesday just as motorists and commuters continued to lament the constant traffic gridlock and seemingly unending construction works on the expressway.
Kuti said although it was difficult to say when work on the road would be completed due to the weather, the Federal Government was committed to its timely completion.
Kuti said, “This project has been ongoing but it is extremely difficult for us to tell when exactly the work will be completed because we cannot even predict the weather. If I give a specific date today and it starts to rain tomorrow, then the date will be shifted. All we know is that work is ongoing, the contractor is on site and we are getting to the end of the project.
“The Federal Government is committed to completing this road, and we have reached an advanced stage. We would have finished the job before the rainy season, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to do so.
“Having entered the rainy season, it has been difficult for us, especially as regards the weather conditions and the traffic situation in Lagos because most of the materials we use on this road come from outside Lagos.”