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Sanwo-Olu ready to continue the reconstruction of Lagos-Badagry express way

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Sanwo-Olu ready to continue the reconstruction of Lagos-Badagry Expressway

Lagos State Government has shown its readiness to continue the reconstruction of the abandoned Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

Road users have been complaining bitterly about the menace on this road, the negative effect on their lives, property, business and  economy of the state and Nigeria at large. It will serve as a test of character of the new administration.

On Tuesday, the Lagos State Government representatives headed by the deputy governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, flag-off the continuation of the very important road that links Lagos metropolis to Badagry and further to neighboring West African countries.

Hamzat made the call at the flag-off ceremony of the continuation of the reconstruction of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway at the International Trade Fair Complex in Lagos.

The road project started in March 2009, and 10 years into the project, Eric-Moore to Mile-2 and Mile-2 to Agboju has been completed, while Agboju to Trade Fair is being flagged off for completion.

The Deputy Governor said that the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration had recognised the importance of the project and promised to ease the inconvenience being faced by citizens on the road.

“You will recall that on June 2, just three days after the inauguration of the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, we were here to show Lagos residents that this s a critical road for us, and that work will start again on this road. We are here today to fulfill that promise.

“As you recall, it’s a massive road project, from four lanes to 10 lanes. It’s a 60km lane from Eric-Moore all through to Okokomaiko.

“This is to say that we will again begin work on this road, and by the grace of God, the road from Agboju to the Lagos International Trade Fair will be completed by the end of this year, from four to 10 lanes.

“Then, palliative measures will be put in place from Trade Fair to Okokomaiko to make the road motorable for our people while construction will be going on, ” he said.

Hamzat said that the state government was working with the Federal Government to make the road accessible to Seme border crossing.

“As at today, the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, which is in charge of road maintenance, has awarded the rehabilitation of the four lanes from Igbo-Elerin to Agbara.

“This is because on that axis, you have pipelines and various infrastructure that need to be preserved, but at least, it will be motorable for residents and there will be no bottlenecks.

“The Federal Ministry of Works has also awarded from Agbara to Seme border. That will be six lanes. So, this will make it easier for residents to move around without obstructions, ” he said.

Hamzat urged residents and road users to maintain orderliness, obey traffic laws and cooperate with the contractors handling the project.

Nur'deen Olaitan, a Linguist from University of Ilorin. Passionate about sport, travelling, writing, & politics. He puts humanity above anyone or anything. He hold honesty and integrity in high esteem. Reach him via nakata@newsliveng.com

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