A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has accused the federal government of intentionally delaying some major projects as a way of tieing people’s hands to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023.
He said some projects have been going on for too long and causing unnecessary hardship to the people.
The lawyer cited the Lagos-Ibadan expressway project as one of the projects that should have been completed, saying many people have lost their lives, others injured and even some have developed health challenges as a result of experiences on the road.
Adegboruwa added that any road construction or reconstruction that ends up taking lives is not worth it and affected persons should not hesitate to sue the government.
He made the submissions on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily as he cautioned against using projects as a political capital for election.
In his words, “The federal government is using projects as bait to tie the hands of Nigerians so they can get continuity which is wrong.
“They promised to complete the Second Niger Bridge in 2022, we are already in December and it’s still there. How long will it take to complete a Lagos-Ibadan expressway that is about 200 km?”
It’s The World’s Longest Project
The lawyer lamented that the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has become the world’s longest project and called on the federal government as well as the contractors handling the project to speed up the rate of work.
He said: “I’ve been on that road and nearly lost my life. You see people sandwiched between trucks and inhaling fumes. I know people who have died and have various degrees of health challenges from using that road.”
“This is the longest project anyone has embarked on in the world. Being probably the busiest road in Sub-Saharan Africa, it shouldn’t take up to the time it has taken now. Anyone who has suffered a health challenge should take the FG to court because they are liable.”
The lawyer however commended the government for delivering on some other infrastructures and projects.