Copy Lagos State’s Developmental Template, Dangote Tells Obaseki

Copy Lagos State’s Developmental Template, Dangote Tells Obaseki

Billionaire businessman and Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote at the weekend urged the newly sworn-in Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to replicate the leadership template of former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to transform Edo and make it a reference point for commerce and development.

img_3261Dangote, who spoke at the inaugural dinner held in Benin to usher in the new Governor, said Tinubu laid a solid foundation for development of Lagos which his successors keyed into and even scaled up to bring about massive transformation and development.

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He said just like Tinubu, former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has also placed Edo on sound footing for development urging the new Governor to also follow the path of continuity for progress.

The businessman, who said he had lived in Lagos for about thirty seven years, said Lagos had indeed progressed following the leadership template of the former Governor.

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On his part, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode urged the new Edo Governor to properly plan his policies and programmes and carefully implement them with the view to building on the solid foundation laid by the Comrade Oshiomhole.

He specifically admonished Obaseki to properly think, plan and implement his policies.

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While emphasizing that there is a great wall of difference between electioneering and actual governance, as well as between being a member of a team and leading a team, Governor Ambode said it was important for Obaseki to prepare his mind for backlash from people who would want him to be in a hurry to take decisions, but that he must be ready to meticulously plan and implement policies that would be in the interest of the people.

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Governor Ambode, who was the Chairman, APC National Campaign Committee for the Edo Governorship election, said Obaseki being a financial savvy individual and an intellectual, would perform creditably well, adding that such was part of the reasons why he worked for his victory at the polls.

“But I like to borrow you (Obaseki) the Lagos template. What is it that the people of Edo State will be expecting from you? You are likely to be silent for the very first few weeks and they will say you are not performing but you have to think it, plant it and then you act it. That is the Lagos template.

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“So, obviously you could be quite for the first few weeks, but I want to implore all the people of Edo State to bear with him during the period of the thinking process. When you are an outsider and you come inside, the kind of financial numbers that you get or the kind of dynamics that you see, they are not like what you were doing when you were campaigning. So, obviously it allows you to draw back and then think through the process, plan it and then act it and gain your momentum.

“The important thing is that you must stay focused and I assure you, you can never get it wrong,” Governor Ambode counseled.

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Besides, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that Obaseki and his Deputy, Philip Shaibu would make a good team and build on the solid footing laid by Comrade Oshiomhole, thereby transforming Edo to another Lagos, adding that he would be ever ready to support the new government.

 

While recalling the campaign that brought in the new government, Governor Ambode said he was particularly happy that Edo is on the path of continuity of good governance, but urged Obaseki and Shaibu to be prepared for the tough journey ahead.

According to the Governor, “After the primary election, we started the campaign; we went into the election proper; we won and here tonight, we are having an inaugural ball for Governor Obaseki and so all our efforts were not in vain. To the glory of God, we have the continuity that we have always wanted for Edo State.

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“I remember during the campaigns, we promised that we would like to make Edo State to be like Lagos State and from what I see here tonight, I believe strongly that Edo is the heart beat of Nigeria. Yes, Lagos is the centre of excellence, but we can make Edo the heart beat of this great nation and the historical linkage between Lagos and Edo is what I cherish a lot,” Governor Ambode said.

Earlier, Obaseki appreciated all the people that worked for his victory at the poll, especially Governor Ambode, and promised not to let them down.

He said Edo had always copied the template upon which Lagos is being administered, assuring that he would work assiduously to make the State great.

Pictures: #114LGRoads: Local Government Roads Commissioned on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Pictures: #114LGRoads: Local Government Roads Commissioned on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

This is Oribanwa–Lakowe Link Road in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government. The new road is 500m long and 10m wide.
This is Oribanwa–Lakowe Link Road in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government. The new road is 500m long and 10m wide.
Newly constructed and commissioned Oribanwa–Lakowe Link Road in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government
Newly constructed and commissioned Oribanwa–Lakowe Link Road in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government
This is Eleko–Iberekodo Road in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government. The new road is 650m long and 7.5m wide.
This is Eleko–Iberekodo Road in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government. The new road is 650m long and 7.5m wide.
Newly constructed and commissioned Eleko–Iberekodo Road in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government.
Newly constructed and commissioned Eleko–Iberekodo Road in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government.
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This is Omoalade Street in Bariga Local Council Development Area. The new road is 425m long and 9m wide.
Newly constructed and commissioned Omoalade Street in Bariga Local Council Development Area.
Newly constructed and commissioned Omoalade Street in Bariga Local Council Development Area.
This is Ifoshi/Fadu Road in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area. The new road is 648m long and 9m wide.
This is Ifoshi/Fadu Road in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area. The new road is 648m long and 9m wide.
This is Dillion Street, Krikiri in Oriade Local Council Development Area. The new road is 400m long and 12m wide.
This is Dillion Street, Krikiri in Oriade Local Council Development Area. The new road is 400m long and 12m wide.
Newly constructed and commissioned Dillion Street, Krikiri in Oriade Local Council Development Area. #114LGRoads #ItesiwajuEko
Newly constructed and commissioned Dillion Street, Krikiri in Oriade Local Council Development Area.
This is Balogun Street, Kuje in Oriade LCDA, the new road is 477m long and 7.5m wide.
This is Balogun Street, Kuje in Oriade LCDA, the new road is 477m long and 7.5m wide.
The newly constructed road in Balogun Street, Kuje, Oriade LCDA has been commissioned.
The newly constructed road in Balogun Street, Kuje, Oriade LCDA has been commissioned.
This is Thomas Street in Lagos Island East LCDA, the new road is 141m long and 7.5m wide.
This is Thomas Street in Lagos Island East LCDA, the new road is 141m long and 7.5m wide.
The newly constructed Thomas Street in Lagos Island East LCDA has been commissioned.
The newly constructed Thomas Street in Lagos Island East LCDA has been commissioned.
The newly constructed Thomas Street in Lagos Island East LCDA has been commissioned.
The newly constructed Thomas Street in Lagos Island East LCDA has been commissioned.
This is Oba Elegushi road, the new road is 580m long and 9m wide.
This is Oba Elegushi road, the new road is 580m long and 9m wide.
The newly constructed Oba Elegushi road has been commissioned.
The newly constructed Oba Elegushi road has been commissioned.
This is Kweme road in Badagry West LCDA, the new road is 685m long and 9m wide.
This is Kweme road in Badagry West LCDA, the new road is 685m long and 9m wide.
The newly constructed Kweme road in Badagry West LCDA has been commissioned.
The newly constructed Kweme road in Badagry West LCDA has been commissioned.
This is Apa Palace Road in Badagry West LCDA, the new road is 650m long and 9m wide.
This is Apa Palace Road in Badagry West LCDA, the new road is 650m long and 9m wide.
Newly constructed and commissioned Apa Palace Road in Badagry West Local Council Development Area.
Newly constructed and commissioned Apa Palace Road in Badagry West Local Council Development Area.
This is Alhaji Rasaq Street in Ibà LCDA, the newly constructed road is 243m long and 8m wide.
This is Alhaji Rasaq Street in Ibà LCDA, the newly constructed road is 243m long and 8m wide.
The newly constructed road in Alhaji Rasaq Street in Ibà LCDA has been commissioned. 114LGRoads
The newly constructed road in Alhaji Rasaq Street in Ibà LCDA has been commissioned. 
This is Osunba Street, Igando-Ikotun LCDA, the newly constructed road is 605m long and 8m wide.
This is Osunba Street, Igando-Ikotun LCDA, the newly constructed road is 605m long and 8m wide.
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This is Taiwo Molajo Street in Ikorodu LCDA, the newly constructed road is 680 meters long and 10 meters wide.
he newly constructed road in Taiwo Molajo Street, Ikorodu West LCDA has been commissioned.
The newly constructed road in Taiwo Molajo Street, Ikorodu West LCDA has been commissioned.
This is Ologolo road, Ologolo in Eti-Osa LCDA, the newly constructed road is 450m long and 8m wide.
This is Ologolo road, Ologolo in Eti-Osa LCDA, the newly constructed road is 450m long and 8m wide.
This is Seriki Kemberi Street in Iba LCDA, the newly constructed road is 325 meters long and 8 meters wide.
This is Seriki Kemberi Street in Iba LCDA, the newly constructed road is 325 meters long and 8 meters wide.
The road in Seriki Kemberi Street in Iba LCDA has been completed and commissioned.
The road in Seriki Kemberi Street in Iba LCDA has been completed and commissioned.
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This is Ojediran Street in Ikorodu West LCDA, the newly constructed road is 550m long and 10m wide.
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The road in Ojediran Street in Ikorodu West LCDA has been completed and commissioned.
A Safe And Clean Lagos Is Non-Negotiable

A Safe And Clean Lagos Is Non-Negotiable

…Inaugurates Committee On Clean Up Of Ikoyi, V/I, Lekki

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday inaugurated a Special Committee saddled with the responsibility of restoring the original master plan of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki areas of the State, just as he vowed to bring environmental sanity to all nooks and crannies of the State.  

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House in Ikeja, said his administration was passionately determined to rescue the fragile environment in the State from avoidable impediments, adding that his resolve was non-negotiable.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; with Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami; Sole Administrator, Oniru/Victoria Island LCDA, Princess Aderemi Adebowale and another representative of VIIRA, Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Muse during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; with Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami; Sole Administrator, Oniru/Victoria Island LCDA, Princess Aderemi Adebowale and another representative of VIIRA, Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Muse during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Governor said over time, government had observed gross abuse of urban planning and environmental laws which necessitated the decision to embark on a major clean-up of the environment to restore it to its desired form.

“Cases of abandoned properties have become very rampant with miscreants and criminal elements taking over these properties as their base to cause havoc. The neat road sides of the past now parade pockets of kiosks, illegal parking lots, unapproved mechanic workshops, roadside beer parlours and commercial centres. In addition, originally residential areas now have industrial and commercial concerns located there, distorting the balance of the environment.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; with Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami; Sole Administrator, Oniru/Victoria Island LCDA, Princess Aderemi Adebowale and another representative of VIIRA, Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Muse during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; with Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami; Sole Administrator, Oniru/Victoria Island LCDA, Princess Aderemi Adebowale and another representative of VIIRA, Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Muse during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016

“These bad environmental practices, thriving in these prime areas, can no longer be tolerated and will be brought to an end immediately. These areas MUST regain their lost glory as this administration demands a return of environmental normalcy.

“A safe, clean and prosperous Lagos is non-negotiable; that is the commitment of our administration. We will not allow these environmental infractions to continue. We cannot allow our beautiful environment to be destroyed by people who have no regard for beauty, serenity, law and order,” Governor Ambode said.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (left) and Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami (right) during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (left) and Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami (right) during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

While expressing his administration’s determination to make all locations, schemes and estates in the State clean and safe, the Governor vowed to do everything possible to bring environmental sanity back to every part of the State.

“This is not a one-off exercise. The Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki clean-up is the pilot scheme and this rescue operation has come to stay until we achieve the Lagos of our dreams,” he said.

Specifically, the responsibilities of the Committee are: “Immediately commence the implementation of the approved action plan and execution of the clean-up exercise; develop strategies for preventing re-occurrences as well as other recommendations as necessary to sustain environmental renewal of these areas; and embark on a public sensitization exercise for the sustenance of a cleaner community in the axis.”

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami and Sole Administrator, Ikoyi/Obalende LCDA, Mr. Goke Ona-Olawale during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami and Sole Administrator, Ikoyi/Obalende LCDA, Mr. Goke Ona-Olawale during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Besides, Governor Ambode appealed to all stakeholders to give the committee the maximum support required for the success of the initiative and for the overall benefit of the State.

The Committee is chaired by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, while other members are Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare; Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Folorunso Folarin Coker; Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya; Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Afusat Onabule; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, Adekunle Olayinka; General Manager, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Segun Adeniji; and General Manager, Lagos State Urban Renewal Authority (LASURA), Mr. Lateef Sholebo.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); with Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (left); Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami (2nd right); Sole Administrator, Ikoyi/Obalende LCDA, Mr. Goke Ona-Olawale (right); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker (right behind) and another representative of VIIRA, Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Muse (left behind) during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); with Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello (left); Representative of Victoria Island/Ikoyi Residents Associations (VIIRA), Dr. Ishola Salami (2nd right); Sole Administrator, Ikoyi/Obalende LCDA, Mr. Goke Ona-Olawale (right); Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker (right behind) and another representative of VIIRA, Alhaji Abdul-Lateef Muse (left behind) during the inauguration of a Committee on Clean-up of Victoria Island/Ikoyi/Lekki Areas at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Others include Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sulaimon Dogo; Chairman, Lagos State Special Task Force on Environmental Offences, Supol Olayinka Egbeyemi; Sole Administrators of Iru/Victoria Island and Ikoyi/Obalende Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) – Princess Aderemi Adebowale and Hon. Goke Olawale; Representative of Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents’ Association (VIIRA) – Dr. Salami, Alhaji Muse and Mr. Jide Bibire Sanmiwa; Chairmen of Community Development Councils (CDCs) for the two LCDAs – Mr. Jolly Johnson and Rev Seriki.

Responding on behalf of members of the Committee, Bello thanked Governor Ambode for the confidence reposed in them to do the job, adding that members of the Committee were carefully selected and fully ready to carry out the task.

He said the job cannot be done alone by government, and as such, residents should support the Committee with regular feedback.

 

Oworonshoki: Lagos State Government Completes Fourth Lay-by

Oworonshoki: Lagos State Government Completes Fourth Lay-by

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the weekend carried out extensive  inspection of on-going projects across the State, among which is the multi-faceted expansion projects at the ever busy Berger Bus Stop.

The Governor, who ordered contractors to work day and night on the projects to ensure completion by December 2016, said the directive became imperative in view of the strategic importance of the axis being the major gateway to the State.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Director, Project, Fountain Construction Company (FCC), Mr. Thomas Cunningham (left); Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (right) and Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare (right behind) during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing construction of multifaceted expansion projects at Oworosonki, Lagos, at the weekend.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); Director, Project, Fountain Construction Company (FCC), Mr. Thomas Cunningham (left); Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (right) and Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare (right behind) during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing construction of multifaceted expansion projects at Oworosonki, Lagos, at the weekend.

The expansion projects at Berger include the construction of about 700 meters slip road through which traffic outward Lagos-Ibadan Expressway can connect Omole Phase Two, Magodo Phase One and Olowoora.
The road, which was designed with drainage channels, side walks and street light, is about 6 meters wide and can conveniently accommodate two vehicles at a time.

Apart from the Pedestrian Bridge which has been completed, there are also expanded lay-bys and reservation areas at both sides of the Berger Bus Stop to facilitate easy pulling off of commercial and private vehicles from the main expressway, while massive road improvement, construction of lay-by and reservation projects are equally on-going under the bridge.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); with Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare (left); Special Adviser on Transportation, Prince Anofi Elegushi (right); and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (2nd right) during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing construction of multifaceted expansion projects at Oworosonki, Lagos, at the weekend.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); with Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare (left); Special Adviser on Transportation, Prince Anofi Elegushi (right); and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (2nd right) during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing construction of multifaceted expansion projects at Oworosonki, Lagos, at the weekend.

Governor Ambode, accompanied by top officials of the State Government, also ordered the construction of iron barricade under the newly completed Pedestrian Bridge to compel usage so as to achieve its main purpose of saving lives and facilitating free flow of traffic.

While briefing Governor Ambode on the work done so far on the Berger projects, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson said the projects, upon completion, will not only give Berger a new befitting look, but also ensure permanent removal of gridlock hitherto associated with the area.

 

“The idea is that we should have a reservation area for our commercial buses and also a reservation area on top. In the phase one of it, we have on both sides about 200 meters of reservation area. For instance, vehicles coming from upland and wanting to discharge passengers have been accommodated as we have cleared the road further down and we have about three to four base underneath the bridge.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ajibada Caster Bade-Adebowale (right); Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (2nd left); his counterpart for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare (left) during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing construction of multifaceted expansion projects at Berger Bus Stop, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, at the weekend.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ajibada Caster Bade-Adebowale (right); Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (2nd left); his counterpart for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare (left) during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing construction of multifaceted expansion projects at Berger Bus Stop, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, at the weekend.

“We have also improved Wakati Adura, Ijaye Road and Isheri Road in such a way that there will not be any traffic gridlock anymore by the time we complete this project and there will be a free flow of traffic around the whole place. We are also moving the Roundabout at PWC forward a little bit to Wakati Adura area and channelise the place just to improve traffic flow,” Johnson said.

The Governor also inspected the newly completed lay-by at Car Wash Bus Stop in Oworonsoki which made it a total of four modern lay-bys constructed in Oworonsoki axis by the Ambode administration.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), flanked by Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (right) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ajibada Caster Bade-Adebowale (left) during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing construction of multifaceted expansion projects at Berger Bus Stop, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, at the weekend
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), flanked by Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (right) and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Ajibada Caster Bade-Adebowale (left) during the Governor’s inspection of the ongoing construction of multifaceted expansion projects at Berger Bus Stop, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, at the weekend


Besides, Governor Ambode inspected the on-going construction of 1.65km slip road from Olopomeji in Oworonsoki to Ifako with under pass through which vehicles can make U-turn back to either Lagos Island or Oshodi through Gbagada and so on.