The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday, commissioned a network of 9 roads and a bridge in Kosofe Local Government Area of the state, in fulfilment of his administration’s resolve to provide the necessary infrastructure for sustainable development across the state.
During the inauguration of these projects, Sanwo-Olu said the 9 roads with a total length of 2,840 kilometres, including the bridge, which will serve a population of over 300,000 people, within the Soluyi-Araromi-Ifako-Gbagada communities, demonstrated the topmost priority that his government accords the welfare and well-being of the people of Lagos, in line with the vision of a Greater Lagos.
The network of 9 Roads includes Aderemi Akeju Street with Deck on pile Bridge, Okun Street, Femi Kufo Street, Brown Street, Adegbenro/Ganiyat Dawodu Streets, Yetunde Street, Anipole Street and Sosanya Street.
What the Lagos State Governor is saying
Governor Sanwo-Olu who also expressed commitment to the completion of all ongoing road projects in Kosofe and other parts of Lagos State announced that work would commence in January on the construction of the Opebi-Ojota link road and bridge.
He allayed the fear of the residents of the area, promising that the proposed link road and bridge will not affect their properties as speculated.
He said, “We are going to flag-off the Opebi-Ojota Link Bridge in January. We have awarded the job to Julius Berger and I want to assure you that no house would be demolished. The Right of Way for that road and the link bridge does not have any demolition. It is a swamp and we are going to be doing a bridge. The road and bridge will ease movement from Ikeja to Opebi and Ojota.’’
According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, the newly-completed network of nine roads with a bridge will serve as an alternative route, a by-pass, for motorists within the Soluyi Community to the Third Mainland Bridge and Apapa-Oworonsoki Expressway via the Third Axial underpass.
He said the roads will also address the perennial environmental and infrastructural challenges facing the community, including flooding, as well as “increase property values, help improve quality of life and the productivity of residents. He added that it would reduce maintenance cost on vehicles, and reduce the cost of doing business and earning a livelihood in the area.
He said, “And, in addition to all the benefits I have just outlined — improved transport connectivity, the standard of living, environmental mitigation, and so on — these projects have also directly impacted the community in terms of job creation. I am pleased to note that in delivering these projects, jobs were created for about 380 persons: including engineers, supervisors, and various cadres of artisans.”
What the Special Adviser to the Governor is saying
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. (Mrs.) Aramide Adeyoye, said the driving force behind the construction of the network of roads with a bridge is to ensure connectivity and reduce the burden and pressure on major arterial roads that link to an integrated intermodal transport system which in turn opens up the local economy.
She said, “The delivery of the network of nine roads and a bridge has helped in improving connectivity while providing multiple bye pass, encourage traffic flow from Diya Street through either: Ajayi Aina / Ibrahim Onashokun / Paul Odulaja / Yetunde Brown / Adegbenro / Ganiyat Dawodu to the Third Axial Underpass or Ayodele Okeowo / Soluyi Road / Femi Kufo / Okun / Aderemi Akeju / Yetunde Brown / Adegbenro / Ganiyat Dawodu to the Third Axial underpass which has considerably helped in reducing traffic gridlocks in the axis.’’
In case you missed it
- Recall that about a week ago, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commissioned a newly reconstructed network of 3 interconnected roads in the Central Business District (CBD) of the Eti-Osa axis of the state as part of moves to solve major traffic problems and reduce travel time in Victoria Island.
- The 3 reconstructed roads which include Adeola Hopewell Street, Idowu Taylor Street and Afribank-Churchgate road, all within the commercial vicinity of Iru-Victoria Island Local Council Development Area (LCDA), were delivered under the urban infrastructure renewal programme of the Sanwo-Olu administration, which seeks to improve vehicular mobility within and around commercial districts in the State