Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola has indicated that the expansion and rehabilitation works on the Lagos-Ibadan highway would be completed this dry season.
Fashola had noted in a NAN report that the long bridge at the Lagos-Ogun border on the road had to be shut because a lot of construction work was ongoing underneath it.
According to him, the ECOWAS sub-region is already looking into the issue of double-axle articulated vehicles that transport more tonnage than most roads were built to accommodate.
Fashola also said that weighbridges would be reintroduced on Nigerian roads to arrest overloading.
The minister also said that the issue of reintroducing tollgates on roads would be decided by Nigerians. He added that he had not forgotten his experience on this, when he was governor of Lagos State.
On housing, the Minister said 27 states have provided the ministry with land on which to build houses for the people.
He explained that the government had to lay the structure and establish a system before calling for private participation in the housing sector.
He said that most of the building materials to be used would be sourced locally to fast track growth and reduce unemployment.