Lagos, investors to sign MoU on 4th Mainland Bridge in May

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PIC 11: FROM LEFT: FORMER SENATOR GANIYU SOLOMON FOR (LAGOS WEST), LAGOS SSG, MR TUNJI BELLO AND GOV. AKINWUNMI AMBODE OF LAGOS, AT THE 1ST YEAR 2016 QUARTERLY TOWN HALL MEETING OF THE GOVERNOR HELD AT IKORODU ON THURSDAY (14/4/16). 2922/14/4/16/MA/HF/CH/NAN

agos State government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with investors for the construction of the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge before the end of May.

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said this yesterday at the third quarterly town hall meeting in Ikorodu.

He said the bridge would take off from Ajah through Langbasa to Ikorodu, adding that works would begin soon to boost the state’s economy.

According to him, “many investors have shown interest in the actualisation of our dream for the 4th Mainland Bridge, which will run from Ajah to Ikorodu to Isawo and berth at Ojodu, Ikeja back to the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway”.

On his achievement in the last three months, he said major breakthroughs have been recorded in security since the launch of the N4.78 billion security equipment.

Ambode added that the quick response in the rescue of the kidnapped girls in Ikorodu and the quelling of the Mile 12 riot are testimonies of the effectiveness of the state’s security system.

“I am ready to pay for information on criminals as we proceed to make Lagos crime-free.

“We are happy to report that crime rate has reduced in the last three months,” he said.

On motorcyclists on Ikorodu Road, the governor ordered the police and other security agencies to enforce the law on the route and ensure that motorcyclists do not carry passengers from Mile 12 to Ikorodu .

Ambode said his administration had recorded success in its Light Up Lagos Project as 68 rural communities were recently connected to the National Grid with massive street and road lightings ongoing.

He said the Light Blue Rail project was now about 85 per cent completed, adding that he paid N561 million for 46,000 public school pupils for the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

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.

Ambode revealed plans to convert the Ikorodu-Imota-Itoikin-Agbowa Road to an eight-lane road under the Build-Own-Transfer (BOT) scheme.

“We don’t have the money, but we have investors who have shown interest.

“We are turning it to an eight-lane road, it is the only place not touched, we will do it,” he said.

Ambode said the road would be built under the Public-Private Partnership, PPP programme.

“It will be a PPP Project; there will be three lanes on both sides.

“The remaining two lanes in the middle would be reserved for rail development in the future when the government has funds for the project.

“We have awarded contracts for the construction of flyovers in two high traffic zones – Ajah Roundabout and Abule-Egba Junction. These projects would be delivered before December.

“Work has started on the Berger pedestrian bridge. 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.”

Source: The Nation

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