AG Dangote begins relocation of gas pipes stalling Apapa-Wharf Road reconstruction

Lagos – Mr Ashif Juma, the Managing Director of AG Dangote Construction
Company Ltd, on Saturday said the firm has begun relocation of gas pipelines
slowing down the Apapa-Wharf Road reconstruction project.

Juma said on the sidelines of a site inspection exercise that the construction
work was divided into four sections .

According to him, work is currently going on simultaneously on two sections.
He said that gas pipes in the Right of Way (RoW) had slowed down the
project for more than two months.

Juma identified the high traffic in the area as one of the challenges affecting
the project, adding that a team of traffic consultants were handling this to
ensure it does not affect construction work.

“We are working with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and
Gaslink to relocate some pipes under the drains.

“Nobody was aware of the pipes when we began the project because this
road was constructed over 40 years ago.

“ And nobody has drawings of where utilities are so, we have been careful
excavating.

“We are starting the relocation of the gas pipelines from today and it will take
us one week of careful work to finish so that construction work can continue.

“We need to dig deep to lay the foundation for a good concrete road but the
gas pipes have not allowed us to do that so, we have been working on other
sections.

“After this relocation, we will do a good job as we have done in over 21
countries; building durable concrete roads.

“We only appeal to people of Lagos to be patient with us because this
portion we are constructing will last more than 50 years,” he said.
He gave an assurance that by the end of the month, the public would see the
visible concrete road.

Juma also said that as the rainy season winding up, efforts would be
intensified on the site to ensure the project was delivered on schedule.

“Inspite of the challenges, we want to complete the road by June 2018.

“Today, we have about 93 people working on site with about 27 equipment
and we are working six days a week.

“ After the rainy season, we would do seven days and run two shifts for 24
hours,” he said.

Conducting NAN round the fabrication site, he explained that most of the
drainage slabs were being mass produced there and the pre-cast walls and
slabs were being moved to the construction zone to speed up work.

“We produce here for two reasons, speed and good quality of concrete,” he
told NAN.

The managing director, while conducting NAN round the site and the new
“Concrete Slipform Machines” said the equipment would ensure stability of
the road.

NAN reports that a team of engineers from a gas company joined Juma and
his team of engineers to excavate gradually a major gas pipe on the RoW.

He directed that security men must continuously guard the cordoned off area
to ensure that reckless motorcyclists, who usually remove barricades to drive
through construction zones, do not have access to the area.

NAN observed that heavy duty machines were being used to lift and lay large
drainage channels on the CMS bound carriageway.

Also, pumping machines were being used to drain off water on some portions
while earth moving equipment compacted sand on some portions with
workmen also carrying out various activities.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on June
17 signed the N4.34 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the
reconstruction of the four kilometres road with AG Dangote Construction
Company Ltd and other stakeholders.

The project is being funded by AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd, the
Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Flour Mills of Nigeria.

The project has a completion period of one year.

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