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Lagos Ibadan Expressway, 2nd Niger Bridge ready this year, says FG

The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the Second Niger Bridge are to be completed this year, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has disclosed.

Featuring on the weekly briefing coordinated by the Presidential Communications Team at the State House, Abuja, Fashola put the cost of the three major Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) projects at N1.3 trillion.

The projects are Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway (N797 billion), Second Niger Bridge (N206 billion), and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (N310 billion).

He said the Second Niger Bridge, which was billed for completion in February but was delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown and EndSARS protests, is now at 91 percent completion.

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According to the Minister, 1,486 people have been directly employed for the Second Niger Bridge while another 8,110 indirect jobs have been created.

Fashola disclosed that the main Carriageway of Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano expressway is scheduled for completion by the second quarter of 2023.

Meanwhile, the minister has warned motorists against the temptation of exceeding 100km per hour on the newly constructed roads to avoid crashes.

He said the warning became necessary when he got messages from some of the road users commending the quality of work done, who said they were cruising at 150km per hour due to the smoothness of the roads.

Fashola also decried the sale of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and other petroleum products on the roads, saying it is capable of damaging the roads faster.

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