Lagos state opens jubilee bridges to boost trade

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Newly commissioned Abule Egba Fly Over by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Economic activities between Lagos and Ogun States have received a

boost as newly completed flyover bridges were launched in Ajah on the

island of Lagos and in Abule-Egba on the mainland.

 

The two bridges tagged Jubilee Bridges are strategic infrastructure on

both Ajah-Epe and Abule-Egba axes as they are on ever-busy routes that

connect Lagos with neighbouring Ogun States.

 

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode during the occasion said the launch of the

infrastructure would signpost the beginning of a new dawn in the

affected areas.

 

Governor Ambode was of the view that the facilities would in no small

measure improve economic activities and make life easier for the

people who had hitherto experienced perennial traffic gridlock on the

axes.

 

We commissioned the Jubilee Bridge, Ajah and now, we are here in

Abule-Egba to commission the Abule-Egba Jubilee Bridge; the driving

motive behind Ajah bridge is to improve connectivity in the axis and

facilitate economic growth while the Abule-Egba bridge is about

opening up other areas of the State and improving the lives of our

people.”

 

“Upon assumption of office, we set out with the goal to make every

part of our State economically viable and livable, today, we all have

cause to rejoice as the Jubilee Bridge, Abule-Egba is delivered, this

bridge is one of the interventions we embarked upon to ensure free

flow of traffic, stimulate commercial activities and create

opportunities for our people, Lagos means business and today,

Abule-Egba is open for business, this bridge signposts the beginning

of a new era of development that would enhance the standard of living

of the people in this axis with the provision of this infrastructure,

he stressed.

 

More to come

 

The Governor noted that a BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) corridor project to

connect the popular Oshodi to Abule-Egba had commenced, saying that

the phase two of the project that would connect Abule-Egba to the

boundary of Ogun State.

 

He commended the contractors for timely delivery of the projects which

were delivered ahead of schedule.

 

Completion periods

 

The Ajah flyover bridge which is 160 metres dual carriage way totaling

620 metres ramp with service lanes on both sides was completed within

10 months as against the 16 months earlier scheduled.

 

In the same vein, the 700 metres Abule-Egba bridge was completed in 13

months instead of the 15 months period expected for the project to be

completed.

 

I want to commend the contractors, Messrs Hitech (which constructed

Ajah flyover) and Craneburg Construction (which built Abule-Egba

bridge) for timely delivery of these projects in commemoration of the

Golden jubilee anniversary of our State, I urge all Lagosians to

continue to support government for the actualisation of development

projects like these,” Governor Ambode affirmed.

 

Stakeholders’ comments

 

Speaking in an interview, one of the stakeholders, Mr Damola Adeyinka

said the execution of the projects in a period of recession in the

country spoke volume about what would have gone into the project

financially.

 

A resident of Harmony estate in Ajah area, Mrs Bunmi Tejumola

commended government’s efforts to alleviate the sufferings of the

people in Ajah and environs.

 

Meanwhile, a member of the Badore-Ajah Stakeholders Forum Mr Sandy

Akpan, called the attention of the government to the activities of

sand dredgers whose operations had greatly depleted the

Ado-Badore-Ajah road, saying that if they were not checked, the people

might not enjoy the bridge infrastructure just provided by the

government.

 

Speaking in the same vein, the Vice Chairman of the Forum, Mr Segun

Sijuade appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency, embark

on the beautification and greening of the open spaces around the Ajah

flyover bridge to forestall unwarranted occupation of the areas.

 

If these spaces are left open, very soon, illegal markets and

shanties may start springing up here, so the government needs to

prevent all those things,” Mr Sijuade highlighted.

 

Other projects commissioned include 2.7 kilometres Freedom Road and

2.2 kilometres Admiralty Way in Lekki axes.

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