Reps want dualization of Mushin Oke-Afa/Apapa Oshodi Expressway be included in 2021 Budget Estimate. By Saheed Badmus
Nigerian House of Representatives has resolved to mandate the Committee on Works to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to make provision for the dualization of Mushin road from Oke-Afa to Apapa/Oshodi Expressway in the 2021 budget estimates.
This followed a motion moved by Hon. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson, member representing Oshodi/Isolo federal Constituency 11 of Lagos State during wednesday plenary on the need to complete the Isolo-Ejigbo (NNPC Depot)/Mushin dual Carriage Road.
Hon. Ganiyu Johnson noted that over forty years ago, the Murtala/Obasanjo Administration awarded a contract to Strabag Construction Company for the construction of a 5km single carriage road to run through Mushin-Isolo-Ejigbo, giving the presence of NNPC Depot at Ejigbo.
He added that the Lagos State Government, in 1987, awarded a contract to Poat Construction Company for the Construction of a dual carriage road, commencing from Oke-Afa bridge where the Mushin- Isolo-Ejigbo Road terminated to run through Egbe and end at Ikotun.
The Lagos Federal lawmaker hinted that the Isolo-Ejigbo dual carriageway and the Mushin road are critical to the socio-economic wellbeing of the teeming millions of residents in more than 20 suburban communities in that axis and upon completion, it will be the main outlet for vehicular traffic into one of the most important economic roads in Nigeria, the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway.
The House expressed Worry that since the initiative by NNPC to reconstruct the road from the Ejigbo Depot to Jakande Oke-Afa in 2008 which was abruptly and unceremoniously stopped, the state of vehicular traffic has worsened as a result of the uncompleted stretch between Oke-Afa and Iyana-Isolo.
The green chamber was convinced that given the strategic importance of the road in the supply chain of petroleum products nationwide, there is an urgent need to deploy resources to complete the road and bring it to the necessary standard it deserves.
The House unanimously called for the inclusion of dualization of Mushin/ Oke- to Apapa/Oshodi Expressway into 2021 budget estimate stated that lack of durable infrastructure, especially good roads and the penchant to abandon projects, has been the bane of the desired, rapid socio-economic development of the country.