The Nigeria’s Senate has promised to resolve issues of lack of diesel supply slowing down construction works on a section of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway rehabilitation/reconstruction.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Sen. Adamu Aliero, made this known when he led a delegation of members of the committee during oversight inspection of roads in Lagos on Friday.
Aliero said that the directive given by the Comptroller-General of Customs that petrol tankers were not allowed 20km away from the border should not affect construction companies.
“These are people who are engaged in very important service to the country. The Federal Government has employed their service to rehabilitate and reconstruct this road and definitely, this cannot be done without diesel.
“So we are going to look into this and we will advice the comptroller-general to give exemptions to construction companies especially those of them working very close to the border.
” This is because if we don’t give exemptions to construction of roads, it will seriously be hampered and this is not good for our country particularly now that we are in the dry season.
“If you don’t allow them to bring their construction equipment and in particular diesel, it will be difficult for them to continue with the work during the raining season.
“This is the best season for them to do the job. If raining season comes, work will go at a very slow speed,” he said.
The lawmakers later had a brief meeting with the some Custom Officers and the Chairman of the Badagry Local Government, Mr Olusegun Onilude to proffer solution to the problem.