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Lagos-Ibadan reconstruction: The generation unborn will remain grateful to Jonathan – Mimiko

By: Adedokun Adetunji On: 08:57
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  • Governor Olusegun Mimiko of State Governor has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for taking the initiative to reconstruct the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which he described as the busiest in Africa.

    Mimiko described the move as an indication that the Jonathan’s led government is sensitive and has good intentions.

    Jonathan had on Friday inaugurated the reconstruction of the road, which will gulp N167bn; the road is expected to reach completion by 2017.

    The governor in a statement issued in Akure on Saturday by his Commissioner for information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, lauded the Federal Government for the move.

    He said, “The generation unborn will remain grateful to the Jonathan administration for the total overhauling of the road which has overtime become a death trap.

    “This step is indeed noble and the name of this administration has no doubt been written in gold for taking the bull by the horn and ensuring a lasting solution is found to the death trap called Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

    “Quite a number of lives have been wasted on this road because of its bad state and at last, President Jonathan has provided the solution that hitherto seemed elusive to make the road safe for use.”

    Mimiko noted that the advantage of a good Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to the health and economy of the nation could not be over emphasized.

    Mimiko said, “A road that is used by an estimated 250,000 vehicles daily is too important to be left in bad shape especially if the over 600 lives said to have been lost on the road in 2012 alone should be taken into consideration.”

    The governor while noting that the reconstruction of the road would be a major achievement to be recorded by any government in the country added that the credit for the project should be given to President Jonathan.

    He therefore called on the President to ensure that the project was professionally handled and delivered on time.

    He also appealed to road users to take cognisance of the repair and drive more carefully on the road.