The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Saturday instructed trailers parked at the Ogere axis of Lagos-Ibadan expressway to immediately vacate the area for construction currently going on.
The Minister who was on inspection of the road from Lagos, sounded his opinion in a meeting with stakeholders at Ogere in Ogun State.
Fashola pleaded with the trucks to leave the highway after listening to the views of traditional rulers, residential tribe reps, civil society, officials of the state government, traffic control agencies and contractors present at the meeting.
Fashiola in a statement said, “My appeal to you is for you to the leave the road today immediately,” he said.
After stating that parking on the highway was a violation of the nation’s traffic laws, the Minister went ahead to back the decision made to enforce directives through traffic law forces newly constituted by the Government of the gateway state.
He said trucking and trailer operations were businesses and operators were supposed to provide parking spaces for their fleet and added that government’s construction of truck parks were only to assist. Fashola also kicked against road pollution by diesel and petrol transporters which causes quick road degeneration.
He also stated the inclusion of Lagos-Ibadan expressway project as a part of the Presidential Intervention Funds saying that the highway was important for interconnectivity and ease of doing business, hence the need for stakeholders’ cooperation and sacrifice to ensure speedy completion of the construction.
He assured the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun that the issue of burrow pits causing flooding would be tackled, while degenerating alternative routes along Ikorodu-Sagamu road construction would be completed.