The Lagos State Commissioner for Works Mr Ganiyu Johnson says the state has completed designs for the fourth, fifth and sixth mainland bridges in the state.
Mr Johnson stated this while speaking with Voice of Nigeria on the feasibility of the long awaited fourth mainland bridge which many say has become a mere promise from one government to another.
The Commissioner reiterated that Lagosians’ should not forget about the fourth mainland bridge, noting that government would kick-off with the multi-billion naira project to further link the Island of Lagos with the mainland as soon as adequate investment was secured.
“We have proposals for the 4th, 5th and 6th mainland bridges, over River Thames in London, we have so many bridges, so if we have the fourth, fifth or sixth, it is still not enough,” he stressed.
The Commissioner further said that three alignments had been mapped out for development as soon as the required funds were available.
“Now we have three alignments, the alignment we are presently working on is the one that will take-off from Ajah through Langbasa to Ikorodu, from Ikorodu to Ishawo, Ishawo to Ojodu-Berger and that will take you straight to Lagos-Ibadan express.
“We also have another alignment that will take-off from the Lekki Free Trade Zone itself through Epe, from Epe to Sagamu-Benin expressway, all these we are expecting investors to buy in into,” Mr Johnson highlighted.
Opening-up of Epe
Mr Johnson also affirmed that the government would further open-up Epe axis in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government area in the outskirts of Lagos due to the presence of the Free Trade Zone as well as the Lekki Deep Sea Port.
“For so long, that area has been deprived and with the type of activities going on at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, the deep sea (Port), the airport and the refinery, you will agree with me that opening-up Epe is not a bad idea, it will encourage investors and accommodate more people” the Works Commissioner explained.
He however reiterated that the phase one of the on-going Lagos-Badagry light-rail project would be completed by December this year.
Although he noted that few challenges were being experienced, but that the problems were being surmounted.
“We would have delivered long time ago but because of the light rail; the stations of the light rail are at the middle of the road, so we have problem of interface with that project because there are two contractors working along the corridor, CCECC (China Civil Engineering and Construction Company) is working on the light rail while Messrs Julius Berger is working on the road, when they (CCECC) were constructing their stations, they needed working space, so we asked Julius Berger to demobilize to allow the light rail contractor to finish, now the stations are completed and Berger is back,” he said.
He added that if the current pace of work was maintained, the first phase which would run from Mile 2 area on the mainland to CMS in Marina on the Island of Lagos would be commissioned by December 2016.