The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Tuesday called for the completion of Second Niger Bridge and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
He said that were critical to national development but are almost becoming white elephant projects.
Dogara made the call while declaring open a two-day investigative hearing on the nature of the contract or concession arrangement on the projects, organised by the House Committee on works.
Represented by Deputy Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Chukwuka Onyema, he said that the investigative hearing became critical given that the projects were constant and ugly features in national discourse.
He said the proactive steps must be taken to ensure early completion of the projects, pointing out that they constituted vital arterial network for the country’s road transport system.
“They have become media sensations and highly politicized to the extent that it now seems that we are playing games with the lives of our people.
“Past administration have celebrated progress ostensibly made on them while achieving little or nothing in reality,” Dogara said.
According to him, the House observed that contracts for the construction of the projects continued to feature in annual budgets without any seeming signs of their completion.
“The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, stated that funds for the projects in 2017 Appropriation Act were reduced, so they run the risk of becoming white elephant projects because they are not under concession or Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) arrangement.”