Fourth Mainland Bridge sets to take off

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Lagos State Government in Western Nigeria is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with investors for the construction of the proposed fourth Mainland bridge before the end of next month.

The state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode assured the people during the first quarter of 2016 Town Hall meeting in Ikorodu.

He said the multi billion project had been estimated to gulp at least N240 billion.
It would be recalled that Lagos state had completed the designs for the fourth, fifth and sixth mainland bridges.
The fourth Mainland Bridge which had been in the pipeline for the past 12 years is expected to take off from Ajah through Langbasa to Ikorodu.
At a time many people thought the fourth Mainland Bridge had been
abandoned, Ambode offered hope when he said the MOU for the bridge
construction would be signed before the end of May, 2016.
“Once the MOU is signed next month, works will begin on the fourth Mainland Bridge which would boost the economy of Lagos East Senatorial District, the state and Nigeria in general; many investors have shown interest in the actualization of our dream for the fourth Mainland Bridge which will run from Ajah to Ikorodu to Isawo and back at Ojodu, Ikeja back to the Ibadan expressway,” the Governor explained.

eight-lane highway project
Governor Ambode also used the occasion to announce that government was considering an eight-lane highway that would run from Ikorodu through Imota-Itoikin all the way to Agbowa.
“We will have three lanes on each side and the two middle lanes will be for future rail lines if the money is available,” he stressed.
He was however quick to inform the people that the highway project would be a public private partnership arrangement under the “Build-Own-Transfer, BOT, scheme”, saying it would require the
establishment of toll-gates for the investors to recoup their funds.

Light rail project completion
Ambode revealed that the first phase of the Light Rail project was now
about b 85% completed.

He said he had also paid N561 million as West African Examination Council, WAEC, fees of 46,000 public school students in the state for this year’s Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

Security architecture
Governor Ambode also hinted that the state had won several
battles against crime since the launch of the N4.78 billion security
In his words- “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 Lagos.”
The governor then announced monetary reward for information that could lead to the arrest of criminal elements.
“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.

Confidence O.