How Jonathan stalled Lagos-Ibadan expressway project – Babalakin

How Jonathan stalled Lagos-Ibadan expressway project – Babalakin

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 8:33 am

Babalakin: Chairman, Bi-Courtney

Dr Wale Babalakin, the Chairman of  Bi-Courtney Construction Company, on Tuesday  alleged that the interference of  the Goodluck Jonathan  administration in the  Lagos-Ibadan road project was responsible for its unending completion.

Babalakin,  a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said this in Gbongan, Osun, at the  Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB) 2018 policy meeting.

According to him, the road project would have been completed before 2014 at the cost of  N112 billion  if not for that government’s  interference.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Lagos-Ibadan road project was awarded to Bi-Courtney Construction under concession arrangement by late President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2009.

The concession arrangement, was however, terminated in 2012 by  the  Jonathan administration.

” If the ill-advised move that led Jonathan’s  administration to interfere with the Lagos-Ibadan road project had not happened, the road would have  been completed on or before 2014.

” It would had been an eight- lane highway with seven overhead bridges and thought out facilities at a cost not exceeding N112 billion.

“Today,  we are faced with an unending project with indeterminable cost and maximum inconvenience to road users,’’ he said.

According to Babalakin , the best way to develop infrastructure in Nigeria is to support and enhance those who have vision and imagination to create projects and see them to completion.

He commended JAMB for hosting the summit in Gbongan, saying he was  honoured that the event was holding in  his home town and hall.

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