OMG!! Check Out 10 Things They Don’t Want You To Know About Deadly Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

The Lagos–Ibadan Expressway is a 127.6-kilometre-long (79.3 mi) expressway connecting Ibadan, the capital of Oyo Stateand Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city. It is also the major route to the northern, southern and eastern parts of Nigeria. The expressway is the oldest in Nigeria, commissioned in August 1978 during the Military era, under the administration of Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo, who resigned on October 1, 1979, before he was later elected in May 29, 1999.

This expressway is the busiest inter-state route in Nigeria and handles more than 250,000 PCUs daily and constitutes one of the largest road networks in Africa. It is part of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) projects, concerned with road improvement and connectivity between the States of Nigeria.

The Lagos–Ibadan Expressway is a 127.6-kilometre-long (79.3 miles) expressway. The Expressway connects Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State and Lagos.  It is also the major route to the northern, southern and eastern parts of Nigeria.  The Lagos–Ibadan Expressway is the oldest in Nigeria. It was commissioned in August 1978 during the military administration of Major-General Olusegun Obasanjo.

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This expressway is the busiest inter-state route in Nigeria and handles more than 250,000 Passenger Car Unit (PCU) daily and constitutes one of the largest road networks in Africa. It is part of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency(FERMA) projects, concerned with road improvement and connectivity between the States of Nigeria. The reconstruction of the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway was flagged off on July 2013 by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

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The contract was awarded to Julius Berger Nigeriaand Reynolds Construction Company Limited at a sum of 167 billion Naira, equivalent to $838,986,290. Two sections of the expressway will be reconstructed and this includes Section I (Lagos to Sagamu Interchange) and section II (Sagamu Interchange to Ibadan). The reconstruction of the road had 2017 as the initial completion date but it was later moved to end of 2018/early 2019 by the Mohammadu Buhari-led government as a result of the increase in scope of work.

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Tragedy!! Fully loaded truck crush commercial bus on Lagos-Ibadan express way

Tragedy struck on Friday night along the Lagos-Ibadan express way when a truck loaded with sand lost balance and crushed a fully loaded commercial bus.

It is not immediately clear what happened but  emergency workers were at the scene of the accident trying to help people. It is also not clear if any death was recorded.

The accident has led to huge traffic congestion along the area with motorist heading out of Lagos for the weekend having to experience a tough time getting out of town.

Over the years, the Lagos-Ibadan express way which is the country’s most busy highway in the country has been plagued with a series of tragic accident, almost every other month at least one major accident is recorded along the highway.

Accident on the highway mostly involves trucks as the ferry goods to and from Lagos where the nation’s largest port is located.

“Buhari set to pump $1.3bn on Second Niger Bridge, Lagos Ibadan express way”- Lai Mohammed

The sum of $1.3 billion dollars (about N468 billion) have been set aside by the Buhari-led Federal Government from the National Sovereign Investment Fund (NSIF) to finance five critical infrastructure projects, it was revealed yesterday.

Minister for Information, Culture & Tourism Lai Mohammed, broke the news while appearing as a guest on NTA programme – “Stepping Up”.

He mentioned the five ongoing projects to benefit from the fund as Lagos-Ibadan Expressway; Second Niger Bridge; East-West Road; Abuja – Kano Expressway and Mambilla power project.

The minister restated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration commitment to infrastructure development, assuring that all abandoned projects inherited from the previous administration will be revived.

He said: “We believed that rather than starting new projects, it will benefit Nigerians to complete all inherited abandoned projects.

“To appreciate the commitment of the administration to infrastructure: In 2014, Nigeria spent N14 billion on transportation, N34 billion on water resources and agriculture, and N106 billion on power works and housing.

“In 2017, this administration spent N107 billion on transportation, N130 billion on agriculture and water resources and N325 billion on Power, Works and Housing.

“The administration, in a manner unprecedented in the history of the country, spent a total of N2.7 trillion on capital projects in 2016 and 2017 alone.”

Mohammed also listed the Oyo-Ogbomosho Expressway being funded by Sukuk bond, the 240-kilometre Enugu-Port Harcourt roads among the numerous ongoing projects of the government.

He said the administration had completed the reconstruction of the failed Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa Road which had been abandoned for over 10 years.

The minister identified the 69 Federal Government ongoing projects in the Southeast region, adding that the administration was miffed by the false allegation that the region was abandoned in infrastructure development.

On rail projects, Mohammed said the 156 kilometre Lagos -Ibadan standard gauge was ongoing, adding that the government in April signed an agreement with a consortium led by General Electric to revamp the 3,500-kilometre narrow gauge between Lagos and Kano.

The minister said the 49.2-kilometre Abuja Light Rail project was recently commissioned by the President.

Mohammed said: “When we came in the light rail project was 53.8 per cent completed. Within 18 months we are able to complete it 100 per cent.

“This is the first integrated rail transportation mode in Africa that allows transportation by rail from the city to the airport to go by air.

“It is being run by two coaches now and the government has placed order for 48 more coaches to cover the entire Abuja.

Mohammed said the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge was working and the government had in the pipeline, rail projects for all parts of the country.

The minister said the Buhari government was on track and would continue to develop critical infrastructure for national development.

40 feet container truck kills motorcyclist on Lagos Ibadan express way

An Iveco truck carrying a 40-feet container crushed a commercial motorcycle rider and his passenger to death along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway yesterday.The driver of the truck, marked APP 109 XQ lost control of the wheel while on speed, hit the road median and overturned on the highway. The truck and the container fell on the Okada rider and his passenger who were on the road at the time and crushed them to death.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the accident, said two persons died on the spot. Akinbiyi added that the bodies of the victims have been taken to the Fakoya mortuary in Sagamu, while the truck, driver and motorcycle are in police custody.

Meanwhile, pandemonium ensued at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) in the morning hours of yesterday after a bus conveying students of the institution summersaulted killing five of its passengers.The Guardian gathered that the incident happened at the A North Core area of the institution, close to the School of Agronomy at about 7:30a.m. The bus had a tyre burst and rammed into a motorcycle carrying two persons before summersaulting.

Two of the deceased students who were riding on the motorcycle died on the spot while many others who were in the vehicle sustained varying degrees of injury with the most severe cases transferred to the Federal Medical Center, Makurdi.

Sources at the university said the students had gone to write a test but had left their identity cards at home. They were said to be rushing home to get their identity cards after the lecturer in charge asked them to produce it before they could be allowed to write the test.

“It was in the process of going back home to bring the cards that they met their deaths,” the sources said.The ugly incident sparked off riot as aggrieved students burnt down the bus and then protested against the killings to the university authorities, where they allegedly vandalized security offices at the north and south core, even as they made away with some computers.

In reaction, the university’s management immediately ordered the closure of the school and asked the students to proceed on a mid-semester break to forestall further crisis on campus.Relaying the closure of the university via a statement signed by the Registrar and Secretary to Senate and Council, Mrs. Helen Nyitse, said the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Richard Kimbir, on behalf of Senate, had approved that the students should proceed on mid semester break with immediate effect.

The statement read in part: “By this notice, all students are expected to handover all university property in their possession and vacate the campus before 2:00p.m. today, (Wednesday 15th August) until further notice.”In a related development, a man lost his life after an articulated truck lost control and crushed 14 vehicles along the Abuja-Keffi highway on Monday night. The accident grounded traffic on the busy highway, leaving commuters stranded for hours as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) personnel and other security operatives battled to clear the scene.

It was gathered that the crash, which occurred about 100 metres after the Karu Bridge at about 9:20p.m. affected 12 cars, one bus and two trucks.The FRSC Corps Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, attributed the auto crash to overloading and brake failure, adding that three cars left the scene with minor dents. He explained that six persons – four males and two females – were injured and taken to Nyanya General Hospital, but a male victim died at Wuse General Hospital where he was taken alongside a female victim.

According to the FRSC’s preliminary report on the accident, the brand of vehicles damaged during the accident included Toyota Camry, Mazda, Honda Acura SUV, Volkswagen Golf, Honda Accord, a Toyota Hiace bus, belonging to Peace Mass Transit, and a Leyland Daf truck.Besides FRSC operatives, Kazeem said the police and men of the Nigerian Army also participated in the rescue efforts.