The Lagos-Badagry highway expansion project has been targeted for completion in 2019, by Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode who gave this assurance on Thursday, November 3, shortly after inspecting projects across the state.
The 10-lane expansion project, he added, was a major economic catalyst for Lagos and hence his administration was totally committed to seeing it through.
Mr. Ambode reiterated that his recent visit to Denmark was to finalise plans with APM Terminals to fast-track the commencement of work on the $2.6 billion Badagry Deep Sea Port. According to him, it was important for the road network to be completed within the schedule to accommodate the anticipated increase in economic activities within the axis.
“It is imperative for the government that this project is accelerated and completed on schedule. It is a 10-lane expansion project with a provision for rail.”
Construction began on the 10-lane expressway – which includes a light rail line and a Bus Rapid Transit corridor – in April 2009 by Mr. Ambode’s predecessor, Babatunde Fashola, who is now a federal minister in charge of Works, Power, and Housing.
Mr. Ambode said though the project was awarded up to Okokomaiko, in Lagos, his administration was finalising talks to give it to a concessionaire who is expected to extend the project from Okokomaiko to Seme Border.
He expressed confidence on the contractors in charge of the highway project, while pledging his commitment towards its completion.
“I am committed to this highway project; I am committed to the expansion of the economy of the East axis of Lagos. That is the surest way to go.
“By doing this project, we would also expand the real estate value of this axis and the tourism potentials of the Badagry axis. I am confident that in no time, we should have a complete project before the end of 2019.”
Speaking also on the progress made towards the project, Guan Shuai who is the General Manager of Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), South West, said extensive work had been done on three Flyovers and Interchange Bridges in Alaba, Agboju and Alakija.
He pointed out the challenges that had slowed down the project, including relocating pipes and cables belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which had been resolved through the intervention of Governor Ambode.