By Jude Njoku
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Sunday performed the concrete pouring ceremony to formally flag off the construction a new on-ramp designed to carry traffic travelling from Victoria Island to Ikoyi, westbound along Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue and then northwards across Five Cowrie Creek via Falomo bridge. He pledged that commuters will start using the facility in the next two months.
Fashola who said the construction of the Falomo on-ramp is part of the Lekki -Epe expressway expansion project being handled by Messrs Lekki Concession Company (LCC), explained further that apart from easing the traffic bottleneck currently being experienced at the intersection between Ozumba Mbadiwe and Adeyemo Alakija Street in Victoria, it will reduce travel time and congestion as well as put more money into the pockets of users of the road.
He warned those playing politics with the road project to desist from the practice. This is because the concessioning of the rad received the approval of the PDP -led Federal Executive Council as well asthe Attorney -General of the Federation.
The Governor who said his administration is committed to the provision of first class infrastructure, explained that despite the tedious nature of the campaign, he found time to flag off the project because of its importance.
He commended LCC and its contractors for having confidence in the economy of the State, giving job to Nigerians and contributing to the overall economy of the country.
Managing Director of LCC, Mr Opuiyo Oforiokuma who answered questions from newsmen at the event allayed fears that the on-ramp will hinder the free-flow of traffic on the Falomo bridge. According to him, by the time the project is completed and put into use in the next three months, it will have traffic lights to regulate vehicular movements.
The LCC boss who would not be dragged into commenting on when collection of tolls will start on the expressway, explained that it is the State government that is in a position to say so, because it was the one that halted the take-off. He however pledged to continue with the construction of the 49.5 kilometres road expansion project because the company believes very much in the scheme. According to Oforiokuma, the construction of the on-ramp has proven those critics who claim that LCC is only adding an additional lane to the road, wrong.