The rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would last eight weeks, the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, has said.
The minister, who inspected the rehabilitation works being carried out by the two contractors, Messrs Julius Berger Plc, and Reynolds Construction Company Limited yesterday, said the cost of rehabilitating failed sections of the road was the same rate applied in 2010 in carrying out similar works on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
He said: "Our engineers are right on plan with the contractors. If you are doing an emergency work, as it is in this case, what is important is that you have a contractor who is already deplored in that part of the country and in this case, Julius Berger Nig. Plc., that is working for us in Lagos at the Oshodi-Apapa expressway and the rate that was given to them in 2010 is the rate we are applying in rehabilitating section one of this expressway."
The rate adopted for RCC in section two, he said was that of the Ilorin-Ogbomosho expressway rehabilitation, which the company used in 2010, saying it was a good deal for the government to use 2010 rate to do emergency work on the Lagos-Ibadan road in 2012.
After the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which he said was being done to make the road motorable so as to stop the daily loss of lives and properties, there would be a major reconstruction work.
He gave assurance that the road would be made free for traffic leaving Lagos, particularly during the yuletide.
"We are going to complete the Ibadan-bound section of the expressway before Christmas."
Onolememen said in respect of the reconstruction of the road, "the designs and paper work are being finalised as well as the scope of work to be done. By the time the contract for the reconstruction work is put on paper and signed in accordance with the Public Procurement Act, we will be able to announce to Nigerians the full cost of the reconstruction."
He restated that the government terminated the concession contract with Bi Courtney because the company did not perform.
"In every contract agreement, there is always an exit point for either the client or contractor."