Aliko Dangote is not happy about the current situation over the Oshodi/Apapa express way road construction contract.
According to Vanguard, it was confirmed last night that the Federal Government has “no immediate plan” to restore lasting sanity to the Oshodi/Apapa expressway, despite the effort of the much-touted Presidential Task Force whose objective is to make the road motorable in the short term.
Sources reveal that almost all the ministries and agencies tasked with the responsibility of hammering out a permanent solution to the collapsed road that leads to the second largest revenue earner in the country have been singing discordant tunes.
None of them has come up with a lasting solution to the mayhem on the road to the dismay of the President. Besides, the so-called contract allegedly signed with billionaire businessman Dangote to re-construct the 74-km expressway, does not exist!
It was gathered that what was done on November 17, 2018 was a flag-off of the N73 billion road contract without legal backing. A source told Vanguard that “what we did was a show, no contract was signed. We only signed an MOU.”
It was learned that Dangote is already “fretting;” following exposure of his business to the tune of N8 billion he used to re-construct a part of Wharf Road, Apapa, which may not be refunded to him. The two ministries with the responsibility of providing cash for the project, Finance and Works, have not been forthcoming, leaving the contract unsigned. Consequently, the billionaire has withdrawn his workers from the road.
Another issue hampering sanity on the road is the issue of parking bays for trucks. It was learned that both Lagos State and the Federal Governments have been unable to construct parking bays for trucks and tankers and that the Ministry of Works has been constructing a parking bay for the past 10 years without completing it!