Apapa Gridlock: Lagos Suspends Approval For Development Of Tank Farms

Apapa Gridlock: Lagos Suspends Approval For Development Of Tank Farms

…Issues 30-Day Ultimatum To Tank Farms Without Adequate Loading Bay

…DPR To Ensure Compliance By Owners Of Tank Farms

…As Joint Security Task Force Extend Work By One Month To Restore Sanity

The Lagos State Government on Monday announced the suspension of approval for development of tank farms in Apapa as part of its renewed effort to restore sanity completely as well as fashion out immediate and long term solution along the Oshodi-Apapa corridor and prevent a repeat of the chaos caused by containerized trucks and tankers parked on the road.

Rising from a closed door meeting with stakeholders in the maritime and transport sectors, including Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Shippers Council, Tank Farm Owners, Department of Petroleum Resources, Security Agencies and Clearing and Forwarding Agents, held at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja and chaired by State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the State Government also resolved to accelerate and complete work on the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Trailer Park in Orile within the next one month.

The State’s Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson who briefed Government House Correspondents on the resolutions reached after the meeting which lasted for over three hours and said all stakeholders had resolved to work together to bring back sanity on the Apapa axis and would therefore not hesitate to sanction recalcitrant operators who flout the resolutions going forward.

Lawanson, who was joined at the briefing by the Managing Director of NPA, Mrs. Hadiza Bala-Usman, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello and other stakeholders, said that a Security Task Force has been constituted by the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government and would work continuously for 30 days to bring sanity to the roads, while shipping companies sanctioned for non compliance on utilisation of holding bays in the ports have been extended by five days.

He said that to also cushion the effect on the traffic experienced by motorists in the area, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing would immediately commence palliative measures on bad portions on access roads.

State Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Alhaji Mohammed Musa; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Managing Director, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Hadiya Hadiza Bala Usman; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salaam; Chairman, Amalgamation of Container Truck Owners Association, Mr. Olaleye Thompson and Lagos Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Mr Hyginus Omeje, addressing Government House Correspondents shortly after the Governor’s meeting with NPA, Tank Farm Owners, Shippers Council and other Stakeholders on the Apapa Traffic Situation at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, July 23, 2018.
State Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Alhaji Mohammed Musa; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Managing Director, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Hadiya Hadiza Bala Usman; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salaam; Chairman, Amalgamation of Container Truck Owners Association, Mr. Olaleye Thompson and Lagos Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Mr Hyginus Omeje, addressing Government House Correspondents shortly after the Governor’s meeting with NPA, Tank Farm Owners, Shippers Council and other Stakeholders on the Apapa Traffic Situation at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, July 23, 2018.

“The Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) is to ensure that Tank Farm owners comply with holding bay requirements, while trailers not called upon and found trampling will be impounded and sanctioned in Lagos.

“With immediate effect, Lagos State Government suspends the approval of Tank Farms and the Government is going to accelerate the completion of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Trailer Park and it should be ready within a month,” Lawanson said.

The State Government also directed that all truck and tanker owners must be duly registered and well regulated by their unions, adding that the unions would be held accountable for their adherence to extant rules and regulations.

“The Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) in collaboration with the Lagos State Government will going forward license trailer parks whereby only trucks housed in those designated parks will be granted access. Furthermore, tank farms without adequate loading bays within the next 30 days will be sanctioned.

“These resolutions were arrived at and agreed by all parties and all parties have resolved to jointly implement these resolutions and the effects will be seen by Nigerians very shortly,” the Commissioner said.

Prior to the meeting, it would be recalled that  the State Government had last week set up a Joint Task Force involving security agencies and stakeholders in the maritime sector to remove all containerized trucks and tankers parked along the Apapa axis.

Tagged ‘Operation Restore Sanity On Lagos Roads,’ the Task Force involving 2,271 personnel drawn from the Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Nigerian Military including Army, Air Force and the Navy moved into the area on Friday in an operation that lasted for over 72 hours to open up the service lane in the axis to ease traffic.

 

Airport Road: Contractor Speeds Up Work, Acquires New Recycler Machine

Airport Road: Contractor Speeds Up Work, Acquires New Recycler Machine

…As Ambode Inspects Oshodi-Abule-Egba BRT Corridor, Ojokoro Road Network

… Appeals For Residents’ Patience, Support For Ongoing Projects Across State

 

The contractor handling the construction of 10-lane Oshodi-Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, Messrs Hi-tech Construction Company has acquired a new Wirtgen WR 250 Recycler machine to speed up work on the construction work, with an assurance to deliver the project by December 2018.

The Lagos State Government had embarked on the reconstruction of the Airport Road to transform it from the state of decay to international standard being a major gateway to the State and Nigeria.

The scope of the project includes two flyovers, one U-turn Bridge, five pedestrian bridges, and multiple laybys, among others.

Speaking while unveiling the new machine during an extensive inspection tour of ongoing projects across the State by the Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Hi-tech’s Managing Director, Mr Ivan Becker said the new equipment which has the capacity to construct 400metres daily would go a long way to facilitate the delivery of the Airport Road on schedule.

He said the Wirtgen WR 250 Recycler was capable of 12,000 square metres performance maximum daily, adding that the “machine can mix two per cent bitumen, one per cent cement, 50 per cent stone base and 50 per cent reclaimed existing asphalt with water which makes road construction with the machine faster and better with a higher quality.”

Managing Director, Planet Project Limited, Mr. Biodun Otunola; Special Adviser to the Governor, Finance and Audit Control, Mr. Adeniyi Popoola; Director, LAMATA, Mr. Abiodun Dabiri; representative of Lagos State Governor and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya; Senior Project Manager, Laralek Ultimate Construction Company, Gianluca Rodinis and Project Manager, Laralek Ultimate Construction Company, Mr. Saba Jubril during inspection of the ongoing construction of the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor, at the weekend.
Managing Director, Planet Project Limited, Mr. Biodun Otunola; Special Adviser to the Governor, Finance and Audit Control, Mr. Adeniyi Popoola; Director, LAMATA, Mr. Abiodun Dabiri; representative of Lagos State Governor and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya; Senior Project Manager, Laralek Ultimate Construction Company, Gianluca Rodinis and Project Manager, Laralek Ultimate Construction Company, Mr. Saba Jubril during inspection of the ongoing construction of the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor, at the weekend.

Responding, the Governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Adebowale Akinsanya, said it was gratifying to note that the project was progressing well with all the components now at advanced stages, just as he expressed optimism that the new equipment would facilitate prompt delivery of the project.

The Governor, who also inspected the progress of work on Oshodi-Abule Egba Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor and construction of network of roads in Ojokoro, specifically appealing to residents to bear with the State Government over inconveniences they might be experiencing as a result of the multiple infrastructural projects going on across the State, saying that all hands were on deck to deliver the projects on schedule.

He said aside the fact that various measures had been put in place to mitigate impact of the construction on residents, more impactful projects would be delivered to make life comfortable for residents and visitors.

“One of the key things for his Excellency the Governor is Southwest integration and some of the roads we are doing right now in Ojokoro link Ogun State. The roads were specifically embarked upon to complement the network of roads and bridges that we already constructed in Alimosho.

The ongoing construction of the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor being built by the Lagos State Government, during the inspection at the weekend
The ongoing construction of the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor being built by the Lagos State Government, during the inspection at the weekend

“As we are constructing roads in Ojokoro, we are also doing the same in other parts of the State but the key thing is that the State Government cannot do it alone; we are partners with the citizens. So, I appeal for the patience and understanding of everybody. To residents, please bear with us, work with us and things will get done quickly.

He said the network of roads in Ojokoro were being done based on the function of the areas and not one-size fits all, saying that in some waterlogged areas, government would be using paving stones, while asphalt would be used in other areas.

The more than 20 kilometers network of roads include Aremu Street, Alhaji Luqman, Amusa Agbaje Street, Abu Balogun Street, Philip Majekodunmi Street, Unity Road, Osho/Udeh Brown Road, Oshota/Aina Streets, Home Science Road, among others.

While inspecting the 13.5 kilometers Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway designed with 14 bus stations and 14 pedestrian bridges, the Governor said though the construction was being delayed due to dense population in the axis but that the project would equally be delivered by December 2018.

“This is a highly populated area but the contractor has been mandated with the Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to do everything possible to make life bearable and easy for all road users. The work during the day is being limited right now and a lot more would be done at night.

“The traffic is better than before and there is a lot of rehabilitation of existing road going on and it will continue. This is an ongoing exercise but we need the cooperation and support of the people to make it workable. It is just a matter of time, this will be done and there will be a big relieve coming to this axis,” he said.

He said as part of the phase two of the project, more pedestrian bridges would be constructed especially between Abule Egba and Sango Otta, the boundary of Lagos with Ogun State.

“The phase one is from Oshodi to Abule Egba. Phase two from Abule Egba to Old Toll Gate in Sango Otta will follow after that and the key thing is the care of pedestrians which we are taking very seriously. So, you will see a lot of pedestrian bridges. Between Abule Egba and Otta, there will be more pedestrian bridges coming which will be part of phase two of this project,” he said.

Investments In Lekki Will Make Lagos Next Business Destination In Africa

Investments In Lekki Will Make Lagos Next Business Destination In Africa

…Inspects Dangote Industrial Jetty, Other Projects In Ibeju-Lekki, Epe, Ojota

…Ongoing Projects In Lekki Free Trade Zone Largest Worldwide, Says Dangote

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday inspected the ongoing projects in the Lekki Free Trade Zone, saying the massive investments being jointly made in the axis by government and the private sector was targeted at making Lagos emerge as the next destination for business in Africa.

Governor Ambode, who inspected the progress of work alongside cabinet members, billionaire businessmen, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola, among other businessmen, said the investments and the infrastructural renewal in the Lekki-Epe axis simultaneously ongoing were geared towards preparing the State for industrial revolution taking place in Nigeria and by extension the West African region.

He said it was gratifying that remarkable progress had been made since the last time a major inspection tour of the projects was carried out, saying the investment activities at the zone would positively impact on the economy of the State.

He said: “We have just inspected the ongoing jetty project being done by Alhaji Aliko Dangote. You are all well aware that we flagged off the construction of Lekki Deep Sea Port some few weeks ago but more importantly this jetty is being done by the Dangote Group to more or less facilitate the movement of their heavy duty machinery to the petrochemical plant and other projects they are doing in this Lekki Free Trade Zone.”

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; CEO, Enyo Retail & Supply Limited, Mr. Abayomi Awobokun; Executive Director, Dangote Group, Mr. Davkumar Edwin; Chairman, Forte Oil PLC, Mr. Femi Otedola and others during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing Sea Port Project at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Ibeju-Lekki, on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; CEO, Enyo Retail & Supply Limited, Mr. Abayomi Awobokun; Executive Director, Dangote Group, Mr. Davkumar Edwin; Chairman, Forte Oil PLC, Mr. Femi Otedola and others during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing Sea Port Project at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Ibeju-Lekki, on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

While reiterating the commitment of the State Government to continue to encourage and support investors to continue to do what is right for the economy, Governor Ambode said no efforts would be spared in providing the conducive atmosphere for investments to thrive in the State.

“What we are doing more importantly, as a government, is to continue to encourage the Dangote Group to do what is right for this country and for us to join hands together and collaborate to really show that Lagos is the next destination for the industrial revolution that is taking place in Nigeria and we are very happy to be doing this with him because we know that with the kind of infrastructure that we are providing around Lagos and the kind of infrastructure he is also providing, this place should be the next destination for anybody that is interested in investing in Nigeria.

“That is what this Lekki Free Trade Zone area is all about; that is why a whole lot of what we are doing in the Epe and Lekki axis in pieces more or less when they come to fruition will really show that Lagos is the next destination for investment in Africa,” he said.

Earlier, Dangote said the combined projects under construction at the Lekki Free Trade Zone was the largest anywhere in the world, and that it was important for the right message about the axis to be communicated to the people to appreciate its impact on the economy.

He said: “What is happening here is the largest project anywhere in the world today and this visit is just to show the Governor the industrial jetty that we have built including the water breaker which is 900meters which is almost like about a mile.

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote (2nd right); Executive Director, Dangote Group, Mr. Davkumar Edwin (right); Chairman, Forte Oil PLC, Mr. Femi Otedola (2nd left) and CEO, Enyo Retail & Supply Limited, Mr. Abayomi Awobokun (left) during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing Sea Port Project at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Ibeju-Lekki, on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

“This is to show what we have done in terms of bringing in our cargo to build the refinery. We have done quite a lot in terms of water protection and also it is environmentally friendly and this is what we have shown the Governor.

“This is just showing that this place is going to really open for business and we are looking for a lot of infrastructure to be built and this place will be the next destination for any investment in Nigeria.”

Also speaking, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, said the jetty when operational next month would facilitate the shipment of equipment to rev up the projects within the Lekki Free Trade Zone.

“This is a jetty that is being done by Dangote and by the end of this month, it will be ready for use. Some of the vessel and equipment that cannot come through the land will be coming in through the jetty and that is why this jetty has been built.

“I can assure the people that once the jetty becomes functional, most of the items needed for the fertilizer plant, petrochemicals, refinery and others will be put in place and this is very contingent to what is happening here. As a government, whatever they need in terms of support in all ramifications will be done,” Oladunjoye said.

Besides, the Governor also inspected the new Ojota Inter-state Bus Terminal under construction, ongoing road projects linking Lagos to Ogun State from Epe axis, among others in the Ibeju-Lekki zone.

Lagos Begins Urban Regeneration Of Ikoyi, V.I, Ikeja G.R.A

Lagos Begins Urban Regeneration Of Ikoyi, V.I, Ikeja G.R.A

…Unveils Three Road Printers, 42 Other Construction Equipment

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday commenced the urban regeneration of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ikeja G.R.A, with the unveiling of 45 new road construction equipment and commissioning of newly interlocked road in Lekki.

The equipment, including three road printers and three giant wheel leaders, were unveiled after a public demonstration to the media and government functionaries to complete the construction of interlocked road in Joseph Hotounu Street, Lekki.

Representative of Lagos State Governor and Commissioner for Physical Planning & Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye (5th right); Commissioner for Establishment, Training & Pensions, Dr, Akintola Benson (4th right);  Senior Management, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Miss Prisca Ndu (3rd right); Special Adviser to the Governor, Office of Overseas Affairs & Investment, Prof. Ademola Abass (2nd right); Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Adesoye (right); Managing Director, Infrastructure Development & Energy Company (INDECO), Mr. Eric Opah (5th left) and other members of the State Executive Council during the commissioning of the newly Procured Construction Equipment for the State’s Public Works and Drainages, at Edward Hotonu Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
Representative of Lagos State Governor and Commissioner for Physical Planning & Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye (5th right); Commissioner for Establishment, Training & Pensions, Dr, Akintola Benson (4th right); Senior Management, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Miss Prisca Ndu (3rd right); Special Adviser to the Governor, Office of Overseas Affairs & Investment, Prof. Ademola Abass (2nd right); Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Adesoye (right); Managing Director, Infrastructure Development & Energy Company (INDECO), Mr. Eric Opah (5th left) and other members of the State Executive Council during the commissioning of the newly Procured Construction Equipment for the State’s Public Works and Drainages, at Edward Hotonu Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Others are five driving rollers, 18 hand operating rollers, one excavator, one paver, six tractors, three wheel loaders, one chip sealer, one milling machine, one hiab, one sweeper machine and one synchronous chip sealer.

Speaking at the unveiling, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, said the new equipment were procured in line with efforts to reposition the Lagos State Public Works Corporation for the urban regeneration programme aimed at addressing environmental and infrastructural challenges in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ikeja G.R.A.

The Governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, said the equipment would be immediately deployed across the State for the urban renewal initiative, saying that they would go a long way in ensuring the regeneration of the entire Lagos landscape.

“We are here to commission these machines, equipment and gadgets and to state that these range of products would be deployed immediately to the urban regeneration of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Ikeja and they are being put in place today to further upgrade the activities of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation so that from their three centres in Badagry, Ojodu and Imota, they can take care of the rest of Lagos State.

Some of the newly Procured Construction Equipment for the Lagos State Public Works and Drainages during the commissioning by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at Edward Hotonu Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
Some of the newly Procured Construction Equipment for the Lagos State Public Works and Drainage during the commissioning by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at Edward Hotonu Road, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

“We are at this site to see physically the demonstration of the capability and capacity of the equipment. I want to state emphatically that this development is a sign of the government’s commitment to the regeneration and renewal of the entire Lagos State landscape.

“The Public Works Corporation has three regional centres in Badagry, Ojodu and Imota of which the various machines would be deployed to the various areas. Essentially, this point is to regenerate V.I, Ikoyi and Ikeja urban centres and it is an all-inclusive developmental process,” he said.

Also speaking, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello said the paving stone machines and road printers were acquired to basically construct roads that would last longer considering the state of the Lagos environment being waterlogged.

“We carefully thought about it before we even embarked on it. It was planned long time ago for the equipment to be acquired and having been acquired, they will be deployed immediately for road construction.

“One of the problems we have in Lagos is road tarring because the water table in Lagos is very high and it does not allow most of our roads to last and so we needed equipment to make our roads longer and part of it was to acquire the equipment which have just been tested.

“So, now we will be using paving stones mostly and they will last longer particularly in a terrain like Lagos and that is what we have seen today,” Bello said.

While giving practical demonstration of the workings of the equipment, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Works and Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Engr Temidayo Erinle said the road printer has the capacity to pave road between six and eight metres faster and reduce man-hours.

“The road printer can make road paving of 400 to 600metres square in a one-day working shift of eight hours. The road printer makes road construction faster, easier and cheaper,” Erinle said.

While revealing that the State Government was in the process of further procuring interlocking making machines, Erinle urged residents to take proper care of the road just unveiled and desist from indulging in activities that could damage it.

Responding on behalf of the residents of Joseph Hotounu Street, Lekki, Mrs Ronke Giwa thanked the State Government for fixing the road from its dilapidated state, saying the development had removed their decades of sufferings.

“Before the construction of this road, our cars were getting spoilt; we dread the rains and it had been on for decades so I like to thank Governor Ambode and the State Government for giving us this road,” she said.

Lagos To Complete Largest Rice Mill In Sub Saharan Africa Early 2019

Lagos To Complete Largest Rice Mill In Sub Saharan Africa Early 2019

…Revs Up New Mile 12 Market, Agbowa Timberville Sawmill, Others

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said all hands are on deck to complete the largest rice mill in Sub-Saharan Africa currently ongoing in Imota Local Council Development Area of the State within the first quarter of 2019.

Apart from ensuring availability of rice in the market, the mill which is of 32 metric tons per hour production capacity, is projected to facilitate the creation of over 200,000 jobs across the agricultural value chain, while it will also bring about the cultivation of 32,000 hectares of farm land to produce rice paddy, equating to an estimated 130million Kg of processed rice per year (an equivalent of 2.6milion 50kg bags of rice).

Speaking during an extensive inspection tour of major projects in Ikorodu, Imota and Agbowa axis by members of the Lagos State Executive Council, the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said the project would be completed by January 2019, while the initial production would commence by February of the year.

The Governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Adebowale Akinsanya, said the project was part of the grand policy of his administration to ensure food security, and as well give a quantum leap to economic integration of the Southwest region as the land to be cultivated and rice paddy for the mill would be supplied largely by farmers from the region.

Briefing journalists alongside other Exco members after being taken round the level of work done so far by Project Engineer, Gboyega Odunlami, Governor Ambode said it was gratifying to note that the project was progressing steadily and would be delivered on schedule.

“The key take away from here is that the construction of the rice mill and the industrial park among other complementing facilities are going on as planned. The administrative building, the restaurant, fire station, power station and other facilities needed to support the park and the rice mill are all ongoing concurrently.

“The mill is part of the food security strategy of this administration as well as Southwest integration efforts. It will be the largest rice mill not just in Nigeria but in Sub Saharan Africa.

“Already, we have commitment from the contractors working on the project that it would be delivered by January 2019 and the rice mill that would be the food engine of the Southwest will be in production by February,” the Governor said.

At the Imota Regional Food Stuff Market where the present Mile 12 Market and other markets within the axis would be relocated, the Governor said the first phase of the project which would accommodate about 1500 shops was already at 75 per cent completion stage, while the second phase, among other facilities such as concretized roads, fire stations, drainages, sewage system, power stations, sewage treatment, 1000 capacity Car Park, over 100 capacity Trailer Park, bus layby, among others would all be delivered before the end of the year.

The Governor said adequate provisions have been made in the new market to avoid the challenges which the present Mile 12 Market and other markets in the area constituted to the environment, saying at least 70 meters of buffer zone had been created between the proposed Ikorodu-Itoikin-Epe road expansion project and the market to prevent interface.

“We have seen what is going on as to our commitment to make this place a regional market. The first phase is 75 per cent completed. The major challenge has been accomplished though we still have some things to sort out but we are over the hurdle.

“What remains is to keep going, speed up and with the commitment of this government, we should be able to complete this project by September and hopefully by the end of the year, all the different markets in Mile 12 will be able to move here and it will be a one shop centre for everybody,” he said.

While inspecting the 2.7kilometre Agbowa-Timberville Road under construction and the Agbowa Timberville Sawmill where the present day Okobaba Sawmill in Ebute Metta would be relocated, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye said the project was at the final completion stage with few outstanding facilities.

“The main project of the Agbowa Timberville Sawmill is about 250 shops out of which over 200 have been completed and the project is sitting on 150 hectares. The various infrastructure – the road networks, the shops, sheds and all that have been put in place.

“The two outstanding areas for us to move the traders from Okobaba to this place are the short road that leads to the Timberville from Agbowa which is swampy in some areas and we have to do decompile and then the second outstanding area is the boom area which is the place where the timber merchant will anchor their logs.

“We have spoken with the traders and they are very much ready to come here. Apart from the shops, we have the halls for them to do their meetings; we have conveniences, cafeteria, 24/7 power supply, among others so that they can do their business in a more conducive and friendly environment, and then we can  have the opportunity of regenerating the present Okobaba which is within the city,” he said.

Also, while conducting members of the State Executive Council round the Odo Onosa/Ayandelu Housing Scheme, Commissioner for Housing, Mr Gbolahan Lawal said the project had already been incorporated into the rent-to-own housing policy of the present administration where people would just pay five per cent of the total amount and spread the rest over ten years.

He said the scheme is one of the 17 estates spread across the State with a total of 5008 units, and that interested residents need not know any government official to apply for the scheme.

Responding on behalf of the community, Oba of Odo Ayandelu Kingdom in Ikosi-Ejirin, Oba Ganiu Aderibigbe recalled how he approached the Governor during a town hall meeting held at Ajelogo on the need to revisit the project, saying the work done so far was a practical example of the fact that the Governor was a listening Governor, adding that the project would boost economic activities in the axis.

“To us, we see this project as our own company in the sense that it would create a lot of jobs for our people. I also want to commend the Governor for not increasing the price. When the project commenced under the administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola, cement was sold for N2,600 and the price of the house remain the same till date which means Governor Ambode has cushioned the gap in between,” the monarch said.