Lagos government to sign MoU for construction of 4th Mainland Bridge in May – Ambode

Lagos government to sign MoU for construction of 4th Mainland Bridge in May – Ambode
April 14 23:23 2016

[G]overnor Akinwunmi Ambode of
 Lagos State on Thursday said the
State Government would sign a
Memorandum of Understanding,
MoU, with investors for the
construction of the proposed 4th
Mainland Bridge before May 29.
 Mr. Ambode, speaking at the 
Third Quarterly Town Hall
meeting in Ikorodu, said that the
bridge would run from Ajah to
Ikorodu, to Isawo, and berth at
 Ojodu, Ikeja, back to the Lagos-
Ibadan Expressway.

“Many investors have shown
interest in the actualisation of our
dream for the 4th Mainland
Bridge,” he said.
Mr. Ambode said that once the
MoU was signed, works would
begin on the bridge, which would
boost the economy of Lagos-East
Senatorial District.
He also said that plans were
underway to convert the Ikorodu-
Imota-Itoikin-Agbowa Road to an
eight-lane road under the Build-
Own-Transfer (BOT) scheme.

He said that though the
government did not have fund for
the reconstruction of the road,
some investors had shown
interest in the project.
He said the road would be built
under the Public-Private
Partnership (PPP) programme.
“It will be a PPP Project; there will
be three lanes on both sides and
the remaining two lanes in the
middle will be reserved for rail
development in the future when
the government has funds for the
 project,” he said.
On commercial motorcycle riders operating
on Mile 12- Ikorodu Expressway, Mr. Ambode
ordered the Commissioner of Police and other
security agencies to enforce the law in the
area.
He said that from now on, they would no
longer be tolerated, as government would take
drastic action to nip the menace in the bud for
the safety of lives.

“As much as Okada is dangerous to our safety
and security, we as government must create
alternative.
“I am happy that all our leaders and
traditional leaders are here; with what we
have provided on the Mile 12 axis, that is the
BRT buses, I do not think anybody will want
to ride Okada again.
“It will fizzle out before I take my final
action,” Ambode said.
He also ordered the taskforce to serve
evacuation notice to all occupants of shanties
at Ajelogo-Akanimodo in Ikorodu , after
which demolition should commence in
earnest, noting that such places harboured
criminals.

Mr. Ambode, while reeling out the
achievements of his administration in the last
three months, said the state had achieved
major breakthrough in the area of security.
He said that since the launch of the N4.78
billion security equipment, the state had won
several battles against crime.
Mr. Ambode said the quick response in the
rescue of the kidnapped girls in Ikorodu and
the quelling of the Mile 12 riot were
testimonies of the effectiveness of the security
system in the state.
The governor said that many criminals had so
far been arrested since the launch of the
security equipment.

“I am ready to pay monetary compensation
for information on hardened criminals as we
proceed to make Lagos crime-free.
“We are happy to report that crime rate has
also reduced in the last three months,” he
said.
Mr. Ambode said his administration had also
recorded success in its Light Up Lagos Project
as 68 rural communities were recently
connected to the national grid.
He said that places like Ile-Zik down to
Tollgate on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway had
been lit up.

He disclosed that the Light Blue Rail project
was now about 85 per cent complete.
On education, the governor said N561 million
was paid by the State Government as West
African Examination Council (WAEC) fees of
46,000 public school students in the state for
this year’s Senior School Certificate
Examination.
“This government is methodically and
strategically pursuing our programmes to put
Lagos on the world stage as a megapolis.
“Please pay your taxes and take ownership of
the projects we have initiated and together we
will build the Lagos of our dreams.
“I solicit your support in ensuring the full
realisation of our policies and programmes to
achieve our goal of a safe and prosperous
Lagos,” Mr. Ambode said.

(NAN)