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Ogun state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Adesanya says contractors repairing the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway have stopped work following the attack by hoodlums .
The commissioner said the hoodlums beat and chased the contractors and their team away from site .
He said the development was responsible for the slow pace of palliative works on the road.
Adesanya who disclosed this to journalists in Abeokuta, lamented that many of the contractors were injured while more than 100 truckloads of materials meant for the road repair could not get to the site .
The poor condition of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, a federal road has made traveling on the road a nightmare.
Hundreds of youths from the area had two weeks ago, protested the bad condition of the road, calling on both the Federal and the state governments to fix the road.
The commissioner said, the state governor, Dapo Abiodun had immediately directed the contractors to carry out palliative works on the failed portions of the road due to the recent protest .
The commissioner however , lamented that the hoodlums had last week pounced on the contractors , beating and injuring some of them before chasing them away from the site.
Adesanya said, “The road is a Federal road, but that has not prevented the state from working on them.
“The road is not in the best shape, it is in terrible condition but the directive from His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun is that it doesn’t make any difference if it is Federal road, we need to make it motorable.
“For the past two and a half weeks, contractors have been working on the road, but unfortunately it has been difficult to get materials to the site in the last one week.
“I directed my people that they need to double their efforts but since Monday we have only been able to get three trucks load of materials to the site.
“We have more than hundred trucks pending which are ready to go but were being challenged. Some of the contractors were beaten.
“But one thing I can assure everybody is this, as soon as we have things calm down, things will improve significantly on both roads”.
Adesanya hinted that the state is currently working with the Federal government to take possession of the road for reconstruction.