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Reps Ask FG To Construct 23 Pedestrian Bridges Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

“There is an unavoidable need to cross the highway to access schools, homes, workplaces and markets. This undervalues the safety of pedestrians and drivers as there is a daily high rate of fatal accidents recorded, hence there is an urgent need for the construction of pedestrian bridges, which is currently non-existent."


A file photo of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Government to construct 23 pedestrian bridges along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. 

This followed a Wednesday motion moved by the member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency of Oyo State Tolulope Akande-Sadipe.

The lower chamber thus asked the Federal Government to make provisions for the bridges in the 2024 budget.

In moving the motion, she said due to the increasing urbanisation along the route, “there is an unavoidable need to cross the highway to access schools, homes, workplaces, and markets.

“This undervalues the safety of pedestrians and drivers as there is a daily high rate of fatal accidents recorded, hence there is an urgent need for the construction of pedestrian bridges, which is
currently non-existent.”

But she lamented that “despite safety implications and ongoing advocacy, pedestrian bridges have been neglected by stakeholders and the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway has become a death trap.

“Cognizant that the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway is a Trunk ‘A’, and requires pedestrian bridges at the following locations: (i) Technical University; (ii) Toll Gate, Ibadan; (iii) Félele, Ibadan; (iv) Sóka, Ibadan; (v) Sanyo, İbadan; (vi) Bólúwaji, Ibadan; (vii) Academy; (viii) Eléruku, Ibadan; (ix) Two bridges between Muslim and Olohun-Sògo, Ibadan; (x) Two bridges between Olohun-Sogo and Oré-Méji Bridges; (x) Three bridges between Oré-Méji and Iwo Road; (xii) Three Bridges between Iwo Road and General Gas’ bridge; and (xiii) Five Bridges between General Gas and Ojóo.

According to her, the construction of the pedestrian bridges will “save lives, reduce the sufferings of commuters, particularly school children, and maintain the economic viability of these highly populated areas.

“So, I urge the House to resolve to:  urge the Federal Ministry of Works to make provision for the construction of pedestrian bridges in the locations mentioned above in the 2024 budget estimates and mandate the Committee on Works and Appropriations to ensure compliance.”