ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. AKINWUNMI AMBODE, GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE AT THE COMMISSIONING OF LAGOS-OGUN STATE BOUNDARY NETWORK OF 21 ROADS (LOCATION 3- NEW IKOLA BRIDGE (OLD ODO OBASANJO BRIDGE) IN ALIMOSHO LOCAL GOVERNMENT ON MONDAY,2ND APRIL,2018
One of the cardinal programmes of our administration is to design and execute critical infrastructure to support the growing population of our State and serve as the development driver of our vision of being Africa’s model smart city, a global economic and financial hub.
In the course of three years, we have vigorously pursued the maintenance of existing roads, the rehabilitation, upgrading and expansion of highways as well as the construction of new Bridges.
The vision to provide connectivity with neighbouring Ogun State and provide multiple bye-passes within Alimosho Local Government informed the construction of the network of 21 Roads within the Local Government.
The Lagos-Ogun Boundary network of Roads involves the construction of 21 Roads and 2 bridges to improve connectivity with our sister State, Ogun State, while providing multiple bye-passes within Alimosho Local Government with a total length of 27.43km, which is the equivalent of the distance from Ojodu Berger to Alfred Rewane Road, Ikoyi or from 7Up in Alausa to the first roundabout in along the Lekki Epe Expressway.
The Ikola Road with Bridge has provided easy access to Otta with the newly constructed bridge which has replaced the old wooden bridge at Odo- Obasanjo. It has also ensured connectivity and an alternative route to and from the Lagos-Abeokuta Express.
The AIT/Raypower Road was upgraded from a single carriageway to a dual carriageway to increase its traffic capacity. This road will receive and distribute traffic through Oko-Filling, Osenatu, Ilo and old Otta Road.
In view of the need to consolidate the gains from the completion of this network of Roads, the State Government has commenced the dredging of Ilo River and the construction of 4 additional strategic Roads – Adekoya Road, Makinde Road, Suberu Oje Road and Old Otta Road.
This is a demonstration of our unwavering commitment to make life more comfortable for our people, as a sizeable number of those who work in Lagos, live in this axis and in Ogun State.
The socio-economic benefits of this project are enormous and we expect that it will certainly address the difficulty road users presently experience on these routes.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me use this opportunity to assure all residents of Lagos State that our government will not rest on our modest achievements. Rather we will sustain the momentum especially in expanding the infrastructural base of our State. As we aim to make life more comfortable for our people, we intend to increase the capacity for job and wealth creation. This is the major thrust of the 2018 budget which has its major focus on capital expenditure.
This is an indication that this year will witness substantial expenditure towards the completion of landmark projects including Agege Pen-Cinema flyover and the 10-Lane Muritala Muhammad International Airport.
We are committed to continue serving the good people of Lagos State more vigorously than ever before. We are grateful to residents who have supported our vision of making Lagos better by carrying out their civic responsibilities. On our part, we promise we will not let you down and will work to provide qualitative and enduring infrastructure all over the State.
I wish you all a Happy Easter.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je Wa Logun
Governor of Lagos State
2nd April, 2018.