We’ll complete Lagos-Badagry Expressway expansion by 2019 —Ambode

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Lagos State governor,  Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured residents that the ongoing Lagos-Badagry Expressway expansion project would be completed before the end of 2019.

Governor Ambode gave this assurance on Thursday shortly after embarking on extensive inspection of ongoing projects across the state.

According to the governor, the project is a major economic catalyst for Lagos, adding  that his administration was committed to seeing it through.

Recalling that his recent visit to Denmark was to finalise plans with APM Terminals to fast-track the commencement of work on the $2.6billion Badagry Deep Sea Port,  he said it was important for the road network to be completed within schedule to accommodate the anticipated increase in economic activities within the axis.

“On the part of government, it is imperative that the project is accelerated and completed on schedule. It is a 10-lane expansion project with a provision for rail,” he said.

Ambode said that, though, the project was awarded to Okokomaiko, his administration was almost at financial close to give it to a concessionaire who was expected to extend the project from Okokomaiko to Seme border.

“We believe strongly that the contractor has done a good job here. We have given him the right of way and it is our belief that the one that has been awarded should be completed on schedule. I am committed to this project; I am committed to the expansion of the economy of the East axis of Lagos. That is the surest way to go.

“By doing this project, we would also expand the real estate value of this axis and the tourism potentials of the Badagry axis. I am confident that in no time, we should have a complete project before the end of 2019,” the governor said.

Explaining the progress of work done so far,  the General Manager of Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), South West, Guan Shuai, said extensive work had been done on three flyovers and interchange bridges in Alaba, Agboju and Alakija.