There are strong indications that the Federal Government may stop the Lagos State Government from going ahead with its plan to expand the Lagos Badagry Expressway to a 10-way carriage road network.
Governor Raji Fashola (SAN) has concluded plans to expand the 48- year -old expressway from the current four lanes with provisions for light rail and Bus Rapid Transit System.
But the Federal Government, is currently planning to concession the road to private sector operator under an Public Private Sector Partnership scheme.
It was reliably gathered that the Federal Governmentâ€™s action was based on the belief that the Lagos Badagry Expressway is a federal road and has declared illegal, the action of Lagos State Government to carry out expansion work on the road
The Minister of Works , Housing and Urban Development, Dr.Hassan Lawan, who confirmed this development, said, â€œI have had reasons to tell the Lagos State Government that the Lagos â€“Badagry- Seme Border does not belong to Lagos State . It is a federal road.
â€œIndeed, it is not only a federal road but an international road. No state government can lay claim to any international road. That road leads to not less than five West African countries. So, that is a federal road
â€œIf Lagos State is ready , let them come out and apply like every other contractor and we will look at it on merit. Whatever work they are doing on that road is illegal because it is not their road.
â€œWe have said this time without number and please be rest assured that we are on top of the issue as far as that road is concerned because it the gateway to ECOWAS countries. So I donâ€™t see how that road can become Lagos stateâ€™s roadâ€
But the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Francisco Abosede, told our correspondent on Monday, that the Federal Government was aware of the plan by the Lagos State Government to expand the road.
According to Abosede ,â€œI do not believe that the Minister of Works ,Housing and Urban Development will say that because he is fully aware of the development of the road and the rail project on it.
â€œMr. President did set up a Committee of Ministers of the Federal Government and Commissioners of Lagos State headed by the Secretary to the Federal Government and Lagos State Attorney-General to work together on conflict resolutions which has been successful.â€
The proposed expansion of the 10-lane Lagos/Badagry Expressway by the Lagos State Government has been broken into three lots. The first lot, which is about 7.5 kilometres, stretches from Eric Moore to Mile 2; while the second lot measuring 24 kilometres stretches from Mile2 to Agabara. However, the third lot stretches from Agbara to Badagry. The project, estimated at N220bn, is expected to be executed under a World Bank -assisted programme.