Ikorodu-Sagamu road project: Senate lauds quality of work done despite inadequate funding

The Senate has expressed satisfaction with the quality of work being done on the ongoing Ikorodu-Sagamu Road project despite inadequate funding.

Arab Contractors, which is in charge of the project, had submitted 11 certificates but paid for one.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Sen. Adamu Aliero, expressed this satisfaction when he led a delegation of committee members during an oversight inspection of roads in Lagos, even as he commended the contractor for not abandoning the project in spite of the challenges.

Aliero, while promising that the Senate would investigate the inadequate funding of the ongoing Ikorodu-Sagamu Road project, which he described as an important infrastructure for the economic growth of both states and the nation, said it was unfortunate that only one out of 11 certificates raised in favour of the contractors was paid for.

According to him, the Senate would investigate the inadequate funding to determine whether the problem emanated from the ministry or budgetary allocation, noting that any other contractor would have abandoned the site based on the circumstances.

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“We are impressed with the quality of work which is moving progressively. Unfortunately, the contractor has about 11 certificates since 2018 raised by the Federal Ministry of Works and sent to the headquarters.

“Out of these 11, only one is paid but they continued the work. They did not stop because of the importance of the road linking Lagos and Ogun States,” he said.

The committee members raised various queries while inspecting the reconstruction and asphalt overlay of the Benin-Ofosu-Ore-Ajebandele-Sagamu Dual Carriageway Project.

The lawmakers advised Reynolds Construction Company (RCC), the contractor on the project, to speed up construction works and improve on its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to its host community.

While giving a brief on the project, the Director, Federal Highways, South-West, Mr. Funso Adebiyi, said that Section four of the project was awarded in 2014.

Adebiyi explained that so far the project was 25.42 percent completed, blaming the slow pace of work on inadequate funding.

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