FIC Report (Lagos State) – The Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged the Federal Government to preserve the 10-lane right-of-way, set by the Lagos State Government in the ongoing construction of Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
He said this on Wednesday, 12 February, 2020, during a meeting with members of the Senate Committee on Works.
Sanwo-Olu noted that, the ongoing construction work on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway would shoot up population upon completion and open the corridor for more physical development. He stressed that the maintenance of 10-lanes at once was necessary to help the State efficiently manage traffic and enhance the safety of residents on the axis.
The Governor said he is happy that the Federal Government had taken up the construction of Lagos-Badagry Expressway from Agbara to Seme Border. He also explained that there was rail infrastructure that would go all the way to Badagry and hoped that it would be completed before the end of next year. ‘’With the rail corridor and the 10-lane expressway, it means we can extend the rail project to Badagry. That’s why we must preserve the 10 lanes for future development,’’ he emphasized
Governor Sanwo-Olu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly, for prioritising the rehabilitation of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as well as the budgetary support being given to the Ministry of Works and Housing handling the project.
He praised the Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, for the progress recorded on the ongoing construction work on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, while also urging the Federal Government to hasten the rehabilitation work on other inter-state expressways, including Ikorodu-Sagamu Highway, Itokin Expressway and Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
He said Lagos had already started to leverage on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in providing requisite infrastructure to support businesses and enhance economic growth. He said the State was ready to support other private-led initiatives that would bring succor to commuters and residents of the State.
OJO, Taiwo Israel