I recently took a road trip to a number of southwestern states in Nigeria, including Ibadan, Abeokuta, Akure, Adoekiti, and a drive through Oshogbo. Most people would cringe at the thought of road trips judging by the quality of our roads which often leads to traffic and consequently delays that increase the time spent on such journeys.
One road many people, especially those travelling out of Lagos often complain about, is the Lagos-Ibadan express road. This road links out of Lagos for people travelling out of Lagos towards the North, East and West. The economic importance of this road cannot be overemphasized. So it must have been with glee that many received the announcement that the road which has fallen into disrepair will be rehabilitated.
However, the bigger question was: when will work start on this project? I do not have details of who the contract was awarded to, how much, or how long it should take to finish. Surely, those are google-able info. But I do have eye witness info that work involving the expansion of that road has started and is in full swing.
We came upon the workers just after Sagamu and there is about a kilometer of expansion which has already taken place. The pegs on the road seem to suggest the expansion will come way further. I am not too farmiliar with the names of the towns but I think I stopped seeing pegs just before Ibafo. Again, I am not too sure of this. Perhaps this is also google-able information.
I was able to take some photos of the construction and I will share a few at the end of this post. Whether this work will be seen to a conclusion I cannot say, but one thing is sure: work on the Lagos-Ibadan express road has begun in earnest and the RCC (I believe this is the construction company handling the project) have strong presence on the roads and seem to be doing a great job so far. I think a thumbs up to the authorities may just be in order 🙂
I hope the pictures give a feel of the ongoing work. Forgive my amateur photography.