A new expressway linking the Nigerian federal capital of Lagos to Ibadan 110 kilometres (70 miles) away was officially opened on Friday.
A new expressway linking the Nigerian federal capital of Lagos to Ibadan 110 kilometres (70 miles) away was officially opened on Friday. The ceremony was performed by the Vice-President and Chief of Staff at Supreme Headquarters, Brigadier Shehu Musa Yar'Adua.
SYNOPSIS: Work on the highway began four years ago. It was hoped to be finished a year ago, but because of the scale of the undertaking, the contracts were extended. It replaces roads which carried the heaviest traffic in the country. Brigadier Shehu Musa Yar'Adua praised the project.
The Brigadier then formally opened the new highway, the first rural expressway in the country.
The road cost a total of 170 million naira (nearly 266 million dollars). And to recover at least part of that cost, and to pay for its upkeep, road users will have to pay a toll. Even at the opening ceremony, Brigadier Shehu Yar'Adua led the way in paying for the service the new expressway offers.