New mega projects, including Closed Circuit Television, CCTV cameras for roads has been designed by the Lagos State Government to improve security and enhance investments as a way of promoting the living standards of residents in the city.
An inter-ministerial briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, was led by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, who described the project as highly beneficial to people of the state and the nation at large.
He said government was determined to decongest traffic along the Lekki-Epe Expressway through the removal of three roundabouts; the 4th Roundabout (Elegushi); 5th Roundabout (Jakande) and the 8th Roundabout (VGC).
Addressing audience at the briefing, including other Commissioners; Ministry of Transportation, Works and Infrastructure, Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, Ganiyu Johnson, Wale Oluwo, Femi Odubiyi, respectively, Ayorinde stated the projects to be completed.
They include: Approval for the construction of Fly-over Bridge at Pen Cinema, installation of 13,000 CCTV, Cameras and security sensors, removal of three roundabouts in Lekki axis.
Mr. Ayorinde further explained that the affected roundabouts would be replaced by traffic lights, expansion of the roads and provision of dedicated turning lanes and additional lay-bys.
He also pointed out other tasks that has been implemented on by the government, such as Lagos Enterprise, Geographical Information System, GIS, upgrade and the Integrated Land Administration Automation System, which when implemented, would ensure proper monitoring of government infrastructure for optimum benefit, fast-track the ease of doing business and improve government-citizen relationship.
Mr. Johnson gave more insight on the concept of the Pen Cinema flyover bridge and he said the 700 meter flyover would span from Oba Ogunji Road into Agunbiade.
He said the road will be expanded to create a barrier that will discourage motorists from parking indiscriminately on the road, adding that the bridge will help ease traffic in that axis and complement the ongoing flyover bridge in Abule-Egba axis.
Speaking on the 13,000 CCTV, 6,000 streetlights projects, Odubiyi explained that the project was part of the Lagos Smart City project, projected by the state government to boost security in the state.
“We are installing 6, 000 streetlights to support the light Lagos initiative. And we are also providing 13, 000 CCTV cameras across the state,” explaining that the deployment of the CCTV would start at the last quarter (September) of this year.
According to him, the CCTV installation project is expected to be completed in a maximum of 18 months due to laying of metro fiber cables that will aid easy transfer of captured images.