By Olasunaknmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
The Lagos State Government has said that the ongoing reconstruction of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway project has attained eight percent completion.
The World Bank-assisted project which has been awarded to different construction companies is to serve as the major route between the city centres on Lagos Island and the Mainland, as well as the sea port areas of Apapa and Tin Can Island.
Minister of Works, Senator Mohammed Daggash had during a recent visit to Governor Babatunde Fashola, expressed the Federal Governmentâ€™s support for the state government on the on-going expansion of the road, describing the project as the â€œright step in the right direction.â€
Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr Ganiyu Johnson, made the disclosure at a ministerial briefingÂ to commemorate the third anniversary of the Gov. Fashola administration.
However, contrary to speculations that the project has been stalled by the Federal Government following its directive to stop further work, Johnson said the project had not been abandoned as the state government would not relent in its efforts of improving the quality of life of Lagos residents.
According to him, â€œin fulfillment of the promise of this administration to transform the Lagos-Badagry express road to a super international highway, the state government had just awarded Lot One, which stretches from Eric Moore Road to Mile 2, while the two other lots are to be awarded at appropriate period.â€
Stressing that the project is of strategic importance to the development of Lagos as a megacity, Johnson explained that the objectives were to support existing economic activity along the corridor and to support potential (residential and economic) growth, and enhance inter-model transportation system.
He assured that on completion of the 10-lane road project, the serious traffic congestion which had become nightmare to motorists plying the axis would be a thing of the past and impact positively on socio-economic activities of the state.
PWC fixes 75 roads
On the activities of the state Public Works Corporation, PWC, which is primarily responsible for the routine maintenance of roads in the state, Johnson said 75 different roads had been rehabilitated across the 20 Local Government Areas, LGAs, and 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, which include, Agege, Alimosho, Amuwo-Odofin, Badagry, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Kosofe, Eti-Osa, Lagos Island, Mushin among others.
Johnson said the activities of the corporation in the last three years had been guided by the state government programme of enduring infrastructure for the obverall benefit of the citizens of the state.