Lagos State government has announced plans with investors to develop and construct the 4th Mainland Bridge, which would take off from Ajah through Langbasa to Ikorodu, before May 29.
The bridge, which was conceived during the administration of Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will run from Ajah to Ikorodu to Isawo and berth at Ojodu, Ikeja back to the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, disclosed this at the third quarterly town hall meeting in Ikorodu, saying the state government plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with investors and works would begin soon to boost the state’s economy.
At the meeting, Ambode disclosed that many investors “have shown interest in the actualization of our dream for the 4th Mainland Bridge, which will run from Ajah to Ikorodu.”
The Governor while presenting account of his stewardship so far, also stated that the Lagos Light Rail (Blue Line) project is 85 per cent completed, thus indicating that the project might be completed before the end of 2016 fiscal year.
He revealed plans to convert the Ikorodu-Imota-Itoikin-Agbowa Road to an eight-lane road under the Build-Own-Transfer (BOT) scheme. Adding that the road will be built under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with investors, as the state does not have enough money to do it alone.
The Governor also mentioned that contracts have been awarded for the construction of flyovers in two high traffic zones – Ajah Roundabout and Abule-Egba Junction, and these projects would be delivered before December.
According to him, work has started on the Berger pedestrian bridge, and work is at an advanced stage on the Ajasa Command and Aboru-Abesan link road to ease traffic on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and link the various communities.
Governor Ambode said his administration had recorded success in its Light Up Lagos Project as 68 rural communities were recently connected to the national grid while massive street and road lightings were ongoing across Lagos State, saying that places like Ile-Zik down to Tollgate on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway had been lit up.
On Security, he said the state government had been able to ensure sustained security in Lagos metropolis, noting that since the launch of the N4.78 billion security equipment, the state had won several battles against crimes.
Ambode cited the quick response in the rescue of the kidnapped girls in Ikorodu and the quelling of the Mile 12 riot as testimonies of the effectiveness of the security system in Lagos. He said many criminals had been arrested since the launch of the security equipment, thus disclosing his intention to pay for information that will lead to the arrest of hardened criminals.
On commercial motorcyclists (Okada riders) on Ikorodu road, Ambode ordered the Commissioner of Police and other security agencies to enforce the law on the route and ensure that the motorcyclists do not carry passengers from Mile 12 to Ikorodu on the expressway.
The Governor ordered the taskforce to serve evacuation notice to all occupants of shanties at Ajelogo-Akanimodo axis, after which demolition in the area would begin.
He added that he had paid N561 million as West African Examination Council, WAEC, fees of 46,000 public school students in the state for this year’s Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.
The town hall meeting was attended by many residents, including members of the State Executive Council, lawmakers from federal and state legislative assemblies, traditional rulers, community leaders and political actors among others.