I VISITED OSHODI-APAPA EXPRESSWAY - WORKS MINISTER
Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, an architect, has said he inspected the failed Oshodi-Apapa Expressway during his recent visit to Lagos State.
In a statement by his Media Assistant, Mr. Tony Ikpasaja, the minister denied that he drew the ire of Nigerians for neglecting to inspect the deplorable highway as reported by Daily Sun on Friday, July 29.
Onolememen explained that he conducted on-the-spot assessment and tour of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway from the Apapa end to Oshodi Bus Stop during which he personally observed the failed sections of the road and progress of the ongoing rehabilitation work on it.
His words: 'To put the record straight, the honourable Minister, Arc Onolememen, arrived Lagos on Thursday, July 21, 10 days after he resumed duty in Abuja as minister of works. Shortly after his courtesy call on the governor of Lagos State on Friday, July 22, in the Government House, Marina, he proceeded straight to the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway to inspect the rehabilitation works by the contractors and observed the failed sections by himself.
'The minister who fortunately is an architect and a trained construction/project manager had patiently taken time to inspect the rehabilitation works from the Tin Can Port end to Oshodi Bus Stop. He also held consultations with the contractors and ministry officials at each spot before progressing to Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway for a similar on-the-spot assessment and tour.'
Onolememen assured Nigerians that the Federal Ministry of Works was working assiduously to ensure a new lease of life on Nigerian roads.