By Sam Eyoboka
LAGOS State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has lauded the General Super-intendent and members of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry for the church’s contributions towards community develop-ment and improvement of the quality of life of the people of the state.
Gov. Ambode who spoke at the commissioning of multiple pro-jects executed by the church in Gbagada area of Lagos on February 27, commended Deeper Life for mobilizing millions of its members to-wards making life more mean-ingful for people residing around its headquarters in Lagos. Projects commissioned by the governor included a link bridge on Oduwaiye Street, Gbagada, traffic lights on a number of streets and a 600 capacity multi-level car park, all built from the contributions of church members from across the country.
Explaining the rational behind the projects, the church’s Project Architect, Pastor Ka-yode Dada and the Premises Manager, Pastor Emmanuel Ifeanyi Okoye said the 140-metre brigde built by Julius Berger was designed to ease traffic in the neighbourhood especially when the church eventually which is being red-esigned as a model cathedral will not inconvenience or ob-struct activities in the area.
The 600-capacity multi-level car park was constructed by Cappa d’Alberto is mainly for the church use which according to them is part of the church’s tra-ffic management plan in the area that will help to manage vehicular flow.
Pastor Dada explained that the reason for the bridge is to create a channel for worship-pers in the church headquart-ers, which is soon to be com-missioned, pass under the bri-dge into the church unhindered and “to minimise vehicular and human traffic in the area.
“We have noticed that pedest-rian traffic is even more vul-nerable to hazards and we very often have quite a lot of wor-shippers, so we thought the best thing is to fly a bridge and get our worshippers completely out of the road,” he stated, add-ing that once that is done it’ll ease vehicular traffic in the whole of Gbagada area during services.
On the unique multi-level car park, Pastor Dada said the first three floors are expected to accommodate 550 cars while the forth floor is dedicated to-tally for buses and its designed to accommodate 76 buses.
According to him, the church has already procured 50 buses and is in the processes of ac-quiring more because “we really encourage more members to use the buses instead of crowding the area with more cars. That in itself will reduce the number of cars coming here during our worship services.”
Pastor Dada, who addressed journalists on tour of the faci-lities, also spoke on why the church embarked on the pro-vision of traffic lights aimed at controlling and moderating traffic in the Gbagada area, saying “the church went into all this to make sure there’s sanity and an organised system of traffic control.
“It is also to arrest the chaos that was associated with Deep-er Life before when we hold our services here and all that. So we went into such huge invest-ment because we want ease the traffic in the neighbourh-ood,” he maintained.
Pastor Dada commended the Lagos State Government esp-ecially the Ministry of Trans-portation, that of Physical Plan-ning, Works and Infrastructure and Environment for the appro-val of the concept for the pro-ject and overall supervision of the construction work.
According to him, members of the church across the country contributed every kobo for the projects, adding that there was no assistance from any other quarters outside the church.
“Every member gave; little here, little there. So financially the projects were funded from contributions from members of the church from across the country,” he stated, noting that the concept of a multi-level car park is novel in this part of the world.