The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fasholan (SAN) has said that the federal government hopes to complete the reconstruction work on the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota by December 2020.
Fashola who spoke during the inspection of the ongoing project weekend appealed to motorists and people affected by the gridlock to exercise some patience.
According to the Ministern who carried out the inspection with President of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said the federal government is committed to the timely completion of the project.
He said that the speedy completion of the highway remains the lasting solution to the problems of bad roads and gridlock in the area.
Fashola expressed delight that the project itself has been creating wealth for trucks involved in movement of materials to site.
He also said the completion of the project will bring about a boom for businesses in Abuja.
“Businesses have started coming back on Liverpool Road because the road closed earlier is now back. You will see more of that. All of the businesses that are shut on Creek Road will come back. We expect to see property redevelopment and property renewal once the road is completed.
“Once the economy of Apapa returns, all the clearing and forwarding, shipping, newspaper companies and all others doing business will resume fully and the economy will bounce back.
“We are at the Oshodi area now and one side has been concluded and opened to traffic and this is how we intend to continue to complete and open, until we finish the entire road.
“We expect that by end of 2020 the entire road network will be finished, you will have a road that will last for 40 years”.
Dangote also said the his Group has lost a lot of money as a result of the gridlock in Apapa.
He particularly said his group lost about N25bn between 2017 and 2019 in accruable revenue.
He however said that on completion, the road will open the economy and bring about a lot of jobs to the people.
Dangote said, “This road will actually open up the economy. It will bring a lot of jobs and a lot of factories that have moved out will be able to move back.
“What I can also assure you is that this road will be finished before the end of next year”