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The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has threatened to hold the contractor handling the Lagos-Ibadan expressway over loss of lives and carnage of the country’s busiest route.
Abiodun fumed ,saying the contractors would be held accountable for his failure to provide safety signs on the road which had in recent times led to the unfortunate but preventable death of people .
Abiodun said this on Wednesday during the on-the-spot assessment of Ogere toll gate end of the reconstruction work on Wednesday.
The road which witnessed another accident in the early hours of the day claimed five lives.
While commiserating with families of those who lost their loved ones, Gov. Abiodun said, that he would take the issue up with the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, so as to ensure expeditious completion of the rehabilitation works that has been on for decades.
“I am going to take this up with the Minister of Works. This contractor has to be held accountable; we cannot continue to pussyfoot around a project that is so important, particularly around this corridor.
“I want to call on the contractor handling this project to expedite action. We can take any more excuses of this project. We are going to be holding them responsible for any accident because safety measures are not in place, no safety signs and this is just an unnecessary loss of lives for us.
“We’ve had too many of these type of sad days on our major highways in Ogun State but of particular note is the recurrence of this type of incidents around this corridor of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway,” he said
Abiodun while noting that the drivers of the trucks involved in the accident could not be totally blamed for the accident as a result of the inability of the contractor to provide all the necessary safety signs, he added that the construction had “been too protracted.”
“These people (drivers alone) cannot be faulted; construction is ongoing, there are no proper safety signs… anywhere in the world, there would be enough signs that would tell whoever it is that is on the road that the road is now a dual carriage way. Obviously the man coming from Ibadan assumed that he was the only one headed in the direction and was not expecting the tanker that pulled out of the fuel station,” he said.
Abiodun while urging road users around the corridor to take their time while driving through the area said they should be cautious that “this is now a dual carriage road”.
He told them to drive responsibly as well as take into consideration other road users.