Lagos flags off construction of Lagos-Badagry Expressway
...as deputy gov apprehends 5 erring drivers for driving against traffic
Lagos State government on Tuesday flagged off the continuation of the construction of the 10- lane Lagos-Badagry Expressway 10years after the commencement of the road.
The state deputy governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, while performing the flag off, stated that the return to the road not only marked the fulfilment of a promise made during a recent visit on June 2, 2019, to the people of the Lagos by the Babajide Sanwo-Olu Administration but was also designed to bring relief to commuters who daily experience hardship on the road.
Speaking at the site office of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) contractors to the project, Hamzat noted that the Sanwo-Olu administration would honour all the promises made to Lagosians, stating that the project covers specifically the Agboju to Trade Fair segment as well as the rehabilitation of the Eric Moore – Mile 2 stretch.
The Deputy Governor, who stopped to address Lagosians who gathered while apprehending at least five (5) erring drivers who drove against traffic, urged citizens to remain obedient to the Laws that were made to ensure a good life.
According to him, “We must obey the law, citizens co-operation is critical to what successes we will be able to record during this tenure. We must also monitor the project and report progress and observations to us.”
He commended the co-operation of the Federal Government as both the state and Federal agencies will be present along the road up to Seme border.
According to him, Lagos State is handling Eric Moore to Agboju while FERMA will do four-lane maintenance to Agbara, disclosing that the Federal Government had awarded Agbara to Seme as a six-lane highway.
Hamzat assured that the state government would deploy Taskforce to clean up the area and ensure the free flow of traffic.
It should be recalled that the notion to expand the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, a major gateway connecting Nigeria and other neighbouring West African countries was conceptualized in 2009 by the Babatunde Raji Fashola administration to ease traffic in the region and upgrade the infrastructure from four (4) lane into ten (10) lane dual carriage.
The Lagos-Badagry project, which is approximated to 60km long from Eric Moore to Badagry, consist of two major intermodal transport scheme namely Lagos-Badagry Expressway project and Lagos Light Rail Mass Transit
The General Manager, Lagos Office of CCECC, Mr Bill Bian, earlier in his remarks, stated that the Corporation was a commitment to ensure that the project was completed on schedule.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied by the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salam; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Biodun Bamgboye; General Manager, CCECC Lagos; Mr. Bill Bian and six council chairmen.