Lagos begins deployment of 13,000 CCTVs, 6,000 street lights in October •To construct Pen Cinema flyover, remove 3 roundabouts on Lekki-Epe Expressway

LAGOS State government has announced its readiness to commence the deployment of 13,000 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras, additional 6,000 street lights and security sensors for surveillance and crime prevention across the state from October.

The government also announced the commencement of construction of a Flyover in the popular Pen Cinema junction of the state, which will be third of its kind that the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration had embarked upon after those of Abule-Egba and Ajah roundabouts.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, made the disclosure on Wednesday, while addressing a joint ministerial press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, saying the multi-faceted projects being activated were designed to improve the living standards and revenue generation in the state.

According to him, the state government had also constructed a pedestrian bridge at the Berger Bus Stop, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, to facilitate easy human and vehicular movement, saying the government was also set to decongest traffic along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

Ayorinde said this would be achieved with the removal of three roundabouts namely the Fourth Roundabout (Elegushi); Fifth Roundabout (Jakande) and the Eighth Roundabout (VGC).

He said the affected roundabouts would be replaced by the use of traffic lights, expansion of the roads and provision of dedicated turning lanes as well as additional lay-bys.

Ayorinde further disclosed that the state government had commenced the implementation of the Lagos Enterprise GIS upgrade and the Integrated Land Administration Automation System, which, when implemented, would ensure proper monitoring of government infrastructure for optimum benefit, fast-track the ease of doing business and improve government-citizen relationship.

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ganiyu Johnson, while explaining the scope of the Pen Cinema Flyover, said the government was pleased to announce the approval for the construction, which, he said, would be completed within 18 to 24 months.

On his part, Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, Olanrewaju Elegushi, said the removal of the roundabouts on Lekki-Epe Expressway was part of the junction works and traffic system management designed by the present administration to enhance free flow of traffic.

Elegushi recalled that when the road was constructed, it was accommodating about 30,000 vehicles per day, adding that the vehicular movement had now increased to over 50,000 daily.