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Lagos—Motorists plying the ever busy Wharf road, Apapa, Lagos will from this week experience  increased traffic pain, as the Federal Government weekend announced restriction of vehicular movement on the road to allow for 12 months reconstruction work which commences this week. However, the restriction has been condemned by members of the organised private sector (OPS), who warned that it will cripple the economy. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola announced the restriction of vehicular movement on the road at the official flag off of the road project at a meeting with stakeholders.

He said the project, which is expected to be completed in 12 months, would be funded by AGDangote,  Flour Mills of Nigeria and NPA. Fashola  noted that commencement of work on the ever busy road  is billed to begin this week, adding that it  was the first intervention of the Federal Government to ease gridlock on the road caused by  potholes, poor drainage system and indiscriminate parking by  trucks/tankers’ drivers.

He  pointed out that the reconstruction works which begin from NPA to the base of Marine Bridge, would be concrete based, with a 30-year design life span. The Minister who equally hinted that the federal government would soon intervene in the reconstruction of Tin-Can Coconut axis of the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway and Creek Road, said with the breakdown of the 2017 budget expected to be made known this week, it is hoped that federal government’s intervention in the axis will soon begin, as the budget covers the area.

Fashola said that having got the approval and certification from the federal government, the reconstruction of the road had been handed over to AGDangote Construction Limited. He therefore appealed   to members of the public, especially commuters and other road users in the area to bear with government during the reconstruction of the road.