DANGOTE, FLOUR MILLS RECONSTRUCT APAPA-IJORA ROAD.
The Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the sponsors of the Apapa-Ijora road, Dangote Group and Flour Mills Nigeria.
The signing of the MOU was accompanied by the handing over of the project to the sponsors.
The N4.34billion project is jointly sponsored by AG Dangote, Flour Mills and the Federal Government.
The construction of the road would take a period of one year starting from the day of commencement.
The Minister therefore called on motorists and pedestians to bear with the construction companies while the process lasts.
Fashola explained that the use of AG Dangote for the construction was to give the road a better outlook and facelift with the use of concrete.
According to the minister, the construction is to resolve the challenges usually encountered on the road.
“We are embarking on what will be the final solution to the massive inconvenience, businesses and residents in Apapa and its environment have endured for a couple of years.
“I like to acknowledge the leadership role of Dangote and Flour Mills who are operators and have also contributed to make this reality. They are doing this as a total Corporate Responsibility without asking for tax holiday or reduction. We are also working on how to ensure free access to Tin Can Island.
“From today that we are handing over the project, the road will take one year to be completed. We need the cooperation of all the stakeholders. There will be some discomfort on the way but we appeal for tolerance and perseverance. It will continue to get better, people should please ensure more to solve the challenge.”
According to Mr. Engr Joseph Makoju who spoke on behalf of AG Dangote he said, it was co-sponsoring the project to provide an enabling environment for businesses in the area.
He described this in his words, “This is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility. Businesses have to engage the community where they operate. Today’s CSR has gone to a higher level where we find ourselves embarking on a major infrastructural project,” he added.
The Managing Director of Flour Mills, Paul Gbededo, urged the Federal Government to place priority on repairing of other sections of Apapa.
He also sought the cooperation of other stakeholders and road users during the construction period.
He said, “Apapa has become a very difficult place to work. With this project that the Federal Government has allowed to embark on, it will give succour to businesses. It has the biggest port in Nigeria and should not be taken with levity.”