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Ambode appeals for patience, understanding over ongoing projects in Lagos

LAGOS State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has specifically appealed to residents of
Oshodi-Abule Egba area to bear with the government over inconveniences they might be
experiencing as a result of the multiple infrastructural projects going on across
the state, saying that all hands were on deck to deliver the projects on schedule.

The governor made the while on the inspection of progress of work on 13.5kilometer
Oshodi-Abule Egba Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor along the Lagos-Abeokuta
Expressway designed with 14 bus stations and 14 pedestrian bridges.

This was just as the contractor handling the construction of 10-lane Oshodi-Murtala
Muhammed International Airport Road, Messrs Hi-tech Construction Company, disclosed
that it has acquired a new Wirtgen WR 250 Recycler machine to speed up work on the
construction work, with an assurance to deliver the project by December 2018.

The reconstruction of Airport Road was embarked on by state government to transform
it from the state of decay to international standard being a major gateway to the
State and Nigeria.

Governor Ambode, while making the appeal, assured that all hands were on deck to
deliver the projects on schedule.

The governor, who was represented by the State’s Commissioner for Works and
Infrastructure, Mr Adebowale Akinsanya, said aside from the fact that various
measures had been put in place to mitigate impact of the construction on residents,
more impactful projects would be delivered to make life comfortable for residents
and visitors.

“One of the key things for his Excellency the Governor is Southwest integration and
some of the roads we are doing right now in Ojokoro link Ogun State. The roads were
specifically embarked upon to complement the network of roads and bridges that we
already constructed in Alimosho.

“As we are constructing roads in Ojokoro, we are also doing the same in other parts
of the state but the key thing is that the state government cannot do it alone; we
are partners with the citizens. So, I appeal for the patience and understanding of
everybody. To residents, please bear with us, work with us and things will get done
quickly,” he said.

According to him, the network of roads in Ojokoro are being done based on the
function of the areas and not one-size fits all, saying that in some waterlogged
areas, the government would be using paving stones, while asphalt would be used in
other areas.

He said the more than 20 kilometres network of roads includes Aremu Street, Alhaji
Luqman, Amusa Agbaje Street, Abu Balogun Street, Philip Majekodunmi Street, Unity
Road, Osho/Udeh Brown Road, Oshota/Aina Streets, Home Science Road, among others.

Speaking on the 13.5 kilometres Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor along the
Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Governor Ambode said though the construction was being
delayed due to dense population in the axis that the project would equally be
delivered by December 2018.

“This is a highly populated area but the contractor has been mandated with the
Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to do
everything possible to make life bearable and easy for all road users. The work
during the day is being limited right now and a lot more would be done at night.

“The traffic is better than before and there is a lot of rehabilitation of existing
road going on and it will continue. This is an ongoing exercise but we need the
cooperation and support of the people to make it workable. It is just a matter of
time, this will be done and there will be a big relieve coming to this axis,” he
said.

He said as part of phase two of the project, more pedestrian bridges would be
constructed especially between Abule Egba and Sango Otta, the boundary of Lagos with
Ogun State.

“The phase one is from Oshodi to Abule Egba. Phase two from Abule Egba to Old Toll
Gate in Sango Otta will follow after that and the key thing is the care of
pedestrians which we are taking very seriously. So, you will see a lot of pedestrian
bridges. Between Abule Egba and Otta, there will be more pedestrian bridges coming
which will be part of phase two of this project,” he said.

Earlier, the contractor handling the construction of 10-lane Oshodi-Murtala Muhammed
International Airport Road, Messrs Hi-tech Construction Company, told the governor
that the company had acquired a new Wirtgen WR 250 Recycler machine to speed up work
on the construction work.

He gave an assurance to deliver the project by December 2018, saying the new
equipment which had the capacity to construct 400metres daily would go a long way to
facilitate the delivery of the Airport Road on schedule.

He said the Wirtgen WR 250 Recycler was capable of 12,000 square metres performance
maximum daily, adding that the “machine can mix two per cent bitumen, one per cent
cement, 50 per cent stone base and 50 per cent reclaimed existing asphalt with water
which makes road construction with the machine faster and better with a higher
quality.”

Responding, the governor said it was gratifying to note that the project was
progressing well with all the components now at advanced stages, just as he
expressed optimism that the new equipment would facilitate prompt delivery of the
project.

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