Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Signing Of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Of 4th Mainland Bridge Held at Lagos House, Ikeja on May 2016

Remarks By His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State at the Signing Of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Of 4th Mainland Bridge Held at Lagos House, Ikeja on May 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen, today, Lagos State is recording another major milestone in it’s almost 50years of existence. We have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 4th Mainland Bridge. The 38km bridge and expressway will become the longest bridge and expressway anywhere when completed.

The significance of this bridge will be fully appreciated if we can imagine Lagos of today without the 3rd Mainland Bridge. Almost Thirty years after the delivery of the 3rd Mainland Bridge; the State has experienced phenomenal growth to become a megalopolis – a city-State with a population of over 21 million people.  The increase in the State’s population and expanded commercial activity has led to frequent traffic congestion. This has made it imperative for us to have a 4th Mainland Bridge that will serve as an alternative route to the Eastern axis and decongest traffic in the State.

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More importantly this bridge will provide the required transportation compliment to the rapidly growing industrial activities on the Eti-Osa – Lekki – Epe corridor of the State.

The proposed alignment passes through Lekki, Langbasa and Baiyeiku towns along the shoreline of the Lagos Lagoon estuaries, further running through Igbogbo River Basin and crossing the Lagos Lagoon estuaries to Itamaga Area in Ikorodu. It then crosses the Itoikin road and the Ikorodu – Sagamu Road to connect Isawo inward Lagos Ibadan Expressway at Ojodu Berger axis. The Bridge would be made up of 8 interchanges to facilitate effective interconnectivity between different parts of the State.

This structure will be a Four-lane dual carriageway with each comprising 3 lanes and 2metres hard shoulder on each side. The bridge will be constructed to have a generous median to allow for both future carriageway expansion and light rail facility.

There is no gainsaying the fact that huge benefits will be derived from this project but most importantly, make life more comfortable for Lagosians.

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I must not fail to mention that this PPP arrangement with our partners, seated here today, is a major testimony to the confidence they have in our administration and the Nigerian economy in general. We have learnt our lessons and we are confident that this project will be delivered on a Win-Win framework for all investors.

This is so because this is the first time in the history of the State that we are embarking on the construction of a long-span bridge and expressway without Federal funding; and also having a project to be funded solely by the private sector.

I am delighted that this project which has been on the drawing board for quite some time is now set to become a reality. This again, is the Continuity with improvement which we promised Lagosians.

We have started the process with the signing of this MOU which is an expression of the commitment of major stakeholders including the government and the consortium of consultants and investors to the delivery of the project within the scheduled time frame.

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Let me use this opportunity to reassure all Lagosians of our commitment to the Lagos Project with World Class transportation system as a vital component.  A modern and efficient transport system for the movement of people, materials and finished products is a key requirement for the sustenance of economic growth in a State like ours.

We shall therefore continue to leverage on our endowments to explore opportunities to make ours an efficient, effective and integrated transportation system.

I want to appreciate everyone present here today; our party leaders, all consultants, investors and government officials.

Thank you for making history today.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun!

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State,

Alausa.

 

May, 2016

Lagos State Government set to Sign MoU on 4th Mainland Bridge

In line with fulfilling his inclusive governance mandate, on Thursday 14th of April 2016, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, met with residents of Ikorodu during the quarterly Town Hall Meeting, which is the 3rd in the series since the commencement of his administration on the 29th of May, 2015.

During the quarterly meeting, His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode gave a detailed report on the developmental achievements of his administration in the last 11 months. During the briefing, the Governor touched on investment and business oriented collaborations the state had sealed to fast-track economic growth, and also, the efforts of his administration to position Lagos as a destination choice for Sports, Tourism and investment in Africa, he also touched on the electrification project – essentially the Light up Lagos Project, which spans across different parts of the state.

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Further highlighting some of his administration’s strides in the last quarter, Governor Ambode said the State achieved major breakthrough in security, saying that since the launch of the N4.78 billion equipment, the state had won several battles against crime. He 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 State. He added that many criminals had so far been arrested since the launch of the security equipment, saying that he was ready to pay for information given that would lead to the arrest of hardened criminals.

“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.

On attracting investment to Lagos, Governor Ambode said investors have shown interest in the redevelopment of the fish market to an international Fish Market and the redevelopment of inner roads in Epe and Ibeju-Lekki.

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While addressing issues on transportation in Lagos, Governor Ambode said before the end of May 2016, the State Government will formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with investors for the construction of the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge. He further assured residents that once the MoU is signed, work would begin on the 4th Mainland Bridge, emphasizing that the project would go a long way to boost the economy of Lagos East Senatorial District.

“Many investors have shown interest in the actualization of our dream for the 4th Mainland Bridge which will run from Ajah to Ikorodu to Isawo and berth at Ojodu, Ikeja back to the Ibadan expressway. By the grace of God, we will sign an MoU and commence action before May 29”, he said.

According to Governor Ambode, his administration is keen of inclusive governance. Saying no one, or any part of the State will be left behind or underdeveloped. The Governor expressed optimism that the Lagos East Senatorial District which used to be the economic hub of the state in the then Western Region will regain its position in a short time.

“Over the years, the economic activities have continually dwindled resulting in urban migration, underdevelopment and unemployment.  It is with a view of revitalizing the economic activities of this zone that Government has identified the need for urgent intervention.

“To this end, Government will be relocating the Mile 12 Market to Imota.  Work on this will commence next week.  Our vision is to make the East Senatorial Zone economically viable and liveable”, he said.

During the question and answer section, His Excellency responded to complaints by residents on the menace of motorcycles, otherwise known as Okada in the State, Governor Ambode asked the people whether they would support a total ban on such mode of transportation in this age and time and in a city like Lagos, a question which was answered in the affirmative by majority of the stakeholders in the hall who raised their hands in support.

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“I’m encouraged by this very transparent, credible, free and fair affirmation which I just got from the people. From the response, many of the people in this hall are in support of a total ban on Okada and since this is a government of the people, all the security agencies in Lagos including the Police, Task Force, LASTMA and others, to start with, are hereby directed to fully enforce the ban on Okada between Mile 12 and Ikorodu. “We will not tolerate Okada on the road and I hereby emphasize that there is no more Okada on Mile 12-Ikorodu Road. Anyone caught flouting this directive will have their Okada impounded and we would prosecute such people as well before the court,” the Governor said.

Speaking on the need for the youths in the state to key into the programmes lined up for them by his administration, Governor Ambode urged street urchins and youths involved in social vices such as cultism to lay down their arms and shun violence, assuring that they would be empowered to be gainfully and productively engaged.

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He said the plan of his administration is that youths, artisans and entrepreneurs in each of the Senatorial districts and divisions in the State would be able to access at least N1billon between now and June, and use same for their greater economic prosperity, and by extension that of the State.

Governor Ambode, who also responded to pleas by residents in Ikorodu on the need for the expansion and rehabilitation of the road network, assured that government will explore the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative to transform the Ikorodu-Imota-Agbowa-Itokin-Epe Road into a standard 8-lane Road.

Governor Ambode, directed the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources as well as the State Electricity Board to look at the possibilities of providing electricity for Igbo-Olomu community, a suburb in Ikorodu, which has been without light for over 10 years.

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Closing the question and answer segment of the quarterly meeting, Governor Ambode appealed to Lagosians present to ensure that they continue to pay their taxes, and also take ownership of projects in their domain.