January 27, (THEWILL) – Lagos State Governor, His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has described Nigeria’s engineering construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, as one company that has a proven record of matchless construction jobs in the country.
Sanwo-Olu added that such attribute exhibited by the Construction giant is one of the reasons the state government chose the company as its preferred contractor to handle its legacy project which was flagged off in Ikeja Wednesday afternoon.
The governor spoke at the flag-off of its legacy project; the Ojota-Opebi Link Bridges and approach Roads in Lagos State
In his speech, Sanwo-Olu said that “Julius Berger has a proven track record for foremost construction jobs; it has wealth of experience especially in the type of terrain where this project covers. We had no choice but to choose them as our preferred contractor. In addition, to show their commitment, Julius Berger has already moved to site and is ready to work.”
The governor, therefore, enjoined Julius Berger to try to complete the project within 18 months adding that “you have 20 months to deliver the job. However, I want to stretch you a bit. Deliver the project in 18 months so that you will once again write your name in the history book of Lagos. You have done it before; you can do it again.”
Saying that Lagos state government and Julius Berger are partners who have made the project execution stage possible, Governor Sanwo-Olu explained that the project which was conceptualised over 20 years ago by previous governments in the state, was long abandoned till his government picked it up for execution-only last year.
“We are not just building roads but solving traffic problems with enhanced interconnectivity to make life more meaningful to all our people in Lagos state. Presently, there is no direct access link between Opebi and Maryland and Ojota. Hence there is the need for this legacy project which will also have an interchange at Maryland for commuters’ convenience with reduced traffic gridlock all over Lagos,” the governor said.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr Aramide Adeyoye assured that the project will not be abandoned.
Engr Adeyoye noted that “the project has been awarded to Messrs Julius Berger Nigeria Plc who had successfully carried out extensive studies and engineering investigations along the project alignment as far back as 20 years ago when it was first conceived. The contractor is determined to work assiduously to deliver the project in 20 months. At this stage, it is noteworthy to reassure all that the administration of Governor Sanwo-Olu is determined to ensure that the project does not end up being abandoned as a necessary funding mechanism has been put in place to guarantee its timely completion.”
Present at the event were top Lagos state government officials including the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
Led by the Managing Director, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter, Julius Berger delegation included Regional Manager, Commercial, Region West, Mr. Alexander Bauer, Regional Manager, Technical, Region West, Thomas Balzuweit and Engr. Nath Ikem. Others were, Engr Adegbenga Osunlana, Engr. Bolaji Johnson, Engr. Rasheedat Anifowoshe, Mrs Victoria Biachi and Media Relations Officer, Emmanuel Isibor.