Nigeria: Works to resume this week on abandoned Lagos-Badagry expressway-Sanwo-Olu
By Taiwo Adelu
London, June 3, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Major reconstruction work will soon start on the dilapidated and abandoned Lagos-Badagry expressway.
This was hinted on Sunday by the new Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu when he led an inspection team to ascertain the level of dilapidation of one of the major highways in the commercial city of Nigeria.
The expressway has become so bad that it has always been nightmare and harrowing experience for both motorists and residents making use of the road since it was abandoned after the administration of Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola has completed one phase of the highway from Mile 2 and Maza Maza.
Alternative Africa.com reports that throughout the four years tenure of erstwhile Governor Akinwunmi Ambode nothing was done on the road.
“From Maza Maza up to Iba and Okokomaiko, there is lot of work that needs to be done,” said Sanwo-Olu in company of his Deputy, Babafemi Hamzat and other senior government officials on a Sunday which supposed to be a holiday.
“In this month of June, the contractors will be moving to site. Work will commence on this road in this month of June. Work will start this week because it has been neglected for almost four years.
“We have seen a lot of road failures already and we need to bring respite to our people on this corridor. So our commitment to our people is that within this month, our contractors will be moving back to site. And we are expecting that if we are able to get the financing, it is something we are supposed to complete before the end of the year. Even if they don’t, by early next year, they are supposed to complete it to Okokomaiko.
“There’s another one from Okokomaiko to Agbara, then from Agbara to the border town of Badagry. We are working with the Federal Government on that site to Seme border. But our commitment now is that we should have a smooth ride from National Arts Theatre, Orile right down to Okokomaiko. They are meant to receive a first class Expressway by the end of this year,” he said.
The Governor disclosed that the Lagos State Government has begun dialogue with all the market leaders along the Lagos-Badagry expressway to see how best to redevelop infrastructure along that corridor.
“There are lots of international markets around. We have started conversations with Ojo International market, Alaba international market and Trade fair market quietly to see how we can bring about road improvement and other things and also for them to understand that all of these things will come. It is a full blown infrastructure redevelopment that we are bringing to the Western senatorial part of Lagos,” the Governor stated.
Meanwhile, Governor Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Hamzat on Sunday attended an inauguration church service along with their families, party faithful and well wisher.The service was held at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Ikeja.
The Governor said on his official Twitter handle that “Earlier today, with our hearts full of joy, and our mouths filled with worship, we offered our thanksgiving and praises to God at the Inauguration Thanksgiving Service at the Chapel of Christ the Light, Alausa, Lagos.”