The Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has blamed the executive arm of government and the National Assembly for the suspension of work on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Journalists report that Reynolds Construction Company Nigeria Limited, which handles the expansion of Section II of the Lagos-Ibadan highway, had announced suspension of work on the project over an N8.9bn debt.
The Federal Government on Sunday said Julius Berger Nigeria Plc had also suspended work on the Section 1 of the road project.
Afenifere, in its reaction, blamed the Federal Government for the abandonment of the project by the contractors.
Afenifere’s publicity secretary, Yinka Odumakin, said it was a shame that the government could not adequately fund the only major project it was executing in the South-West.
He said, “It would count heavily against this administration unless the right thing is done for the contractors to go back to site.
“People are dying on that road daily and for the government not to be concerned is clear negligence and it is unpardonable.”
The group also flayed the National Assembly for reducing funding for the project.
“I am sure if the road is within the jurisdiction of the state government, the people would have been on their neck to repair it and that is why we said the current federal system cannot work and it’s not working,” the group stated.