In fulfilment of the promise to sustain governance till his last day in office, Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode is set to commission multiple projects embarked upon and completed by the State government within the last four years, including the new Senate Building of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo.
The State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, in a statement on Monday, said the projects commissioning will commence on Tuesday 14th May till the 26th May 2019.
According to him, the first set of projects to be commissioned are the Ilaje Road and Bariga Waterfront Jetty, as well as car park designed to enhance intermodal transportation and improve connectivity from the Mainland to the Island and the Ikorodu axis of the State, while seven new world-class ferries would also be unveiled.
In his words, “It is pertinent to note that the Lagos State Government has procured seven ferries, five of which will be commissioned and they are named after monumental events, notable towns and Lagos deities as a reminder of our historical values. The names are Itesiwaju Eko, Ipakodo, Alausa, Adamu-Orisa, Ejinrin, Eko-Akete and Zangbeto. These are ferries that the citizens will find comfortable, safe as well as affordable”.
“Another project scheduled for commissioning is the new Senate Building of the Lagos State University (LASU) in Ojo, which is yet another confirmation of the commitment of Governor Ambode’s administration towards ensuring meaningful growth in the education sector. This project will change the landscape of the University and remain another legacy project of the present administration”, Akinsanya said.
He added that as a follow-up to the Lagos Theatre in Oregun commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari recently, two additional theatres would be unveiled at Igando and Epe, while that of Badagry would be commissioned at a later date, just as he revealed that a number of road projects would also be inaugurated.
The Commissioner explained that the construction of Agric Access Road at Egan in Alimosho Local Government is to ensure connectivity, specifically, to provide access to Egan- Igando Housing Estate, complement government investment in the project, achieve economic transformation of the communities and ameliorate the suffering of the people of Egan-Igando.
He said another project slated for commissioning is the upgraded/dualised Bisola Durosinmi Etti Road/Hakeem Dickson Road which is expected to serve as a bypass to connect the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge and also bring about reduction in travel time which will subsequently boost trade and commerce, open up this area to more investment opportunities and increase property values.
Akinsanya also revealed that in view of the high premium placed by the State Government on storage and archival, a state-of-the-art facility in the Central Business District, Alausa would also be commissioned by the Governor.
Recall that from 2015 till date, the State Government has undertaken a total of 342 road-rehabilitation and construction projects amounting to 365km of single carriageway and 5.3km of bridges.
Additionally, 125 public buildings comprising of general hospitals, public centres, skills acquisition centres, high courts/magistrate courts, fire stations, police commands, youth centres, multi-level facility/car park and a multipurpose centre across various local government areas in the State were also commissioned within the period.