Pen-Cinema Flyover Will Be Ready Before The End Of 2018

Pen-Cinema Flyover Will Be Ready Before The End Of 2018

 … Assures Property Owners Of Full Compensation
…Appeals For Cooperation Of Community Leaders, Residents

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday inspected the site of the ongoing construction of the Pen Cinema Flyover, assuring that the project will be delivered in the next 10 months.

Governor Ambode, accompanied by key members of his cabinet, said the 1.4km Flyover which will run from Agege down to the Abeokuta Expressway, will be a key intervention strategy by his administration to address the perennial traffic often associated with the area.

Addressing scores of residents who thronged out to catch a glimpse of him, Governor Ambode said though the project might bring about some inconveniences, he assured them that the end result will change the face of Agege forever.

“I greet all the people in Agege community. This year will be a prosperous year for all of you. You know, I’ve always wanted to do something in this community, I want to reduce the sufferings that arise from the traffic congestion in this neighbourhood, so I have decided to do the Pen Cinema Flyover starting from the beginning of this road by Total and then run straight for one kilometre down and then an additional 400metres, totalling 1.4km to decongest this neighbourhood up to the Abeokuta Expressway.

“But you can see that I have inconvenienced you by the demolition that has taken place here. It is temporal. In the next 10 months by the grace of God, we will deliver this project by November 2018,” he said.

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Appealing to residents and community leaders to cooperate with the contractor ahead of the planned closure of some parts of the road from Thursday, January 4, Governor Ambode assured residents whose properties were demolished to give way for the project would be adequately compensated.

“They are going to work day and night. But why am I here? First to appeal to you for those that we have demolished their properties, we will compensate you fully. Secondly, starting from Thursday, January 4, there would be partial closure of some of the roads here, so we have provided alternative routes where your vehicles will be passing. So, we would do this month by month, so that the area that we have finished, we would come back to the main road and Agege would never be the same again.

“We are bringing prosperity to your doorstep and I have come to appeal to everybody, community leaders, all our school children that you should not worry, it has come with a little pain, but by the time we come back at the end of the year, Agege will look like Victoria Island and Ajah. Everywhere we go, we know there is economic prosperity around that neighbourhood, so my coming here is to plead with you to bear with us and cooperate with us,” the Governor said.WhatsApp Image 2018-01-02 at 7.07.56 PM

While noting that the contractor will work day and night to deliver the project on schedule, the Governor said he would visit the site of the construction regularly to ensure the project is completed on time.

Earlier, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr. Ade Akinsanya, while giving a brief of the project said on completion, it will permanently address the gridlock in the Agege axis.

Akinsanya said the planned restriction of movement will enable the contractor take full advantage of the weather and space to deliver seamlessly the critical aspect of the flyover construction that falls within the Pen Cinema roundabout and railway crossing at Old Abeokuta Road junction.

Governor Ambode also inspected the ongoing construction of the Oshodi Transport Interchange which is expected to be delivered by July 2018.

The project, on completion, will create a world class central business district with focus on transportation, security, environment and urban renewal.

The interchange has three-multi-storey bus terminals with waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, drivers lounge, parking areas, conveniences, surveillance tower and CCTV gadgets.

Other features include accessible walkways, pedestrian bridges/sky-walks to link the three terminals, shopping malls with street lighting and a dedicated security team on ground.

Keynote Address Delivered At The Commissioning Of JJT (Johnson, Jakande and Tinubu) Recreational Park And Garden

Keynote Address Delivered At The Commissioning Of JJT (Johnson, Jakande and Tinubu) Recreational Park And Garden

One of the hallmarks of every progressive society is to always recognize and reward the efforts of heroes who contribute to the growth of that society. In the case of Lagos State, we have many heroes who toiled and laid the solid foundation for the Lagos we enjoy today.

One of the things our administration has tried to do this year, as part of activities to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of our State, is to immortalize heroes who worked hard for the emergence of Lagos as the centre of Excellence and one of as the most prominent City-States in Africa.

Today, we are here to celebrate and honour three past governors of our dear State who were outstanding in their contributions to the development of Lagos State. These eminent Lagosians, are some of the very few brave men that stood to be counted on the side of justice and who by their performances while in office have written their names in gold for future generations.

 The roles played by Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson Rtd., the First Governor and Military Administrator of the State; Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the First Civilian Governor of Lagos State; and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor and Architect of modern Lagos; can never be forgotten. They are the true legends of our State, and architects of the Lagos we are proud of today.

Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson Rtd, laid the foundation as the pioneer Governor of the newly created Lagos State in 1967. He constructed the 60.7-kilometre Lagos–Badagry Expressway linking Nigeria with countries in the West African sub region, the Itoikin Bridge linking Epe and Ikorodu; the Eko Bridge and a network of roads and bridges that opened up the new Lagos.

Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande was the first elected Civilian Governor of Lagos State and held office for 4 years. His tenure witnessed the introduction of masses-oriented programmes particularly in the education, housing and health sectors. Apart from the successful implementation of the Free Education Programme, his administration established new neighbourhood Primary and Secondary schools, and also constructed over 30,000 housing units in different parts of the State for the benefit of low income earners.

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His tenure also witnessed the completion of the General Hospitals in Gbagada and Ikorodu as well as the establishment of about 20 health centres within the State. Alhaji Lateef Jakande conceived and initiated the Metro line transit system that would have provided a solution to the challenge being experienced in the transportation sector today.

Our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is the architect of modern Lagos. His tenure witnessed the development of a blue print for the future development of our State and which successive administrations have continued to build upon and actualize today.

One of the remarkable achievements of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration was the reform of the State Tax administration system which resulted in the State attaining the status of the most viable and self sustaining State in Nigeria.  He also made huge investments in education and initiated new road constructions, required to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of the State.

Asiwaju also established the institutional framework which ensured that the State was properly and efficiently run.  It was under Asiwaju’s government that institutions like LIRS, LAMATA, LASTMA and many others came into existence.

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We have decided to honour these illustrious heroes and Patrons of our State while they are still alive through this beautiful Garden that has been named the JJT Park – Johnson, Jakande, Tinubu Park. It is our expectation and hope that this garden will be a constant reminder to us of the sacrifices of these our heroes and the need to protect and preserve the virtues of our heroes and what they stood for. More importantly, it will serve as a reminder and a source of inspiration for leaders who would have the honour and privilege to occupy the seat that was once occupied by these great men of history.

On behalf of the government and the very appreciative people of Lagos State, I want to say a big thank you to these living legends for their sacrifice, commitment, dedication and passion for the growth and development of Lagos State. You will continue to be remembered and celebrated by men, women, and children, young and old from any part of the world who step into this garden which has been dedicated to you.

I commend the contractors; Flower Angels, Terra Kulture and TNA Associates, who worked round the clock to deliver this beautiful park. I also commend the Commissioner, Special Adviser, Permanent Secretary and all staff of the Ministry of Environment and as well as the General Manager and Staff of Lagos State Parks and Gardens for a job very well done.

Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you for your kind attention. I wish you merry Christmas and a prosperous new year ahead.


Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Loje Wa Logun!



20 Years After, FG Completes Handing Over Of Presidential Lodge, Marina To LASG

20 Years After, FG Completes Handing Over Of Presidential Lodge, Marina To LASG

The Federal Government on Tuesday completed the final handing over of the Presidential Lodge, Marina to the Lagos State Government about twenty years after the journey to actualize it commenced.

Speaking at the brief but impressive handing over ceremony, held at the Conference Room of Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing in Abuja, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said the development was a testament of the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to bring positive change to Lagos.

Governor Ambode particularly commended the President, Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and staff of the Ministry; Permanent Secretary in the Office of Chief of Staff to the President, and other stakeholders who worked to ensure the final transfer of the asset to Lagos.

The Governor said: “We are strongly delighted to be here on this historic day; on a day that actually finalises the intention of Mr President to bring positive change to Lagos.

“We want to sincerely appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari who has graciously approved that the Presidential Lodge be released to Lagos State and for the use of Lagos State which, just has said by the Minister, we have been trying to get for the last twenty years.

“We are pleased that on a day like this, it is my predecessor and present Minister of Works who is now doing the final handing over of which he had also been part of that process to get this asset back to Lagos but in God’s own doing, the Minister is in the position today to do the final documentation and we are very grateful for that.”

While alluding to the fact that the development was a sign of greater collaboration between Federal Government and Lagos State, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that it would be the beginning of process to get such assets back to the State Government.

Besides, the Governor said his administration would put the edifice to good use and transform it into a national monument to boost tourism and grow the economy of Lagos and Nigeria.

“This is a sign of greater things and greater collaboration between the Federal Government and Lagos State. We believe strongly that this singular gesture is part of what will improve the economy of Lagos because our intention is to turn that particular asset into a national monument where we can christen it a National Heritage Centre for Leadership and we will use it also as a tourist centre to bring Nigerians and foreigners to come to Nigeria and as well use that as a means of improving on the economy of Lagos State and Nigeria.

“On a final note, I want to show my sincere appreciation to the Minister and hope that this particular event will bring more good stories as we continue to see how much we can strive to get some of these assets back to Lagos State,” Governor Ambode said.

Earlier, Fashola congratulated Governor Ambode and the people of Lagos State for the N1.04trillion budget estimate presented to the State House of Assembly on Monday by the Governor, and expressed hope that it would improve quality service delivery to the people of the State.

He said the signing of the document which formally vest ownership of the Presidential Lodge, Marina in the State Government was in fulfillment of the promise made by President Buhari, saying it was gratifying that the long journey spanning about two decades had finally come to an end.

He said: “This is a long journey that has come to an end; a journey that has taken almost two decades when the Lagos State Government asked that the property be vested in Lagos but for reasons that remained difficult to understand it did not happen but the President of change who is a promise keeper has made it happen.”

Aside Governor Ambode, other Lagos State officials at the ceremony included the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello; Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde and Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr Adebowale Akinsanya.

Year 2018 Budget Presentation At The Chambers Of Lagos State House Of Assembly, Alausa

Year 2018 Budget Presentation At The Chambers Of Lagos State House Of Assembly, Alausa

The Year 2017 remains a significant year in the history of Lagos State as we celebrated our Golden Jubilee anniversary colourfully and successfully. The year provided an opportunity not only for celebration but also for significant progress in our drive to becoming a globally competitive economy.

I want to sincerely thank all Lagosians, our leaders, statesmen and citizens for their superlative support thus far, most especially our tax payers throughout Year 2017.

In the outgoing year, we changed the face of Lagos for good in spite of the economic, social and security challenges as our investment in critical infrastructure development paid off and are visible across the length and breadth of the State.

Although the Nigeria economy is still fragile and just coming out of recession, commitment to our people made us work harder to deliver results as we continue our reforms to ensure a safer and more prosperous Lagos. Today, we are proud to say that our collective efforts and transformations have contributed immensely to the improvement of Nigeria’s ranking in the World Bank’s Global Index on the ease of doing business.


To get a clear picture of the economic challenges that have confronted our government, it is necessary to restate some important indicators. Crude oil prices have been dwindling from $US100.40 in 2014, $US 52.65 in 2015, $US43.81in 2016 to $US46.39 in 2017. Exchange rate increased from N156.44 in 2014 to N305.24 in 2017. The impact of this has been a sharp reduction in the inflow from the (Federal Government) Federation account and a huge increase in the cost of project delivery.

Despite this situation, our government has been able to initiate and deliver more high quality and high impact projects; more than ever before. We have achieved this using a mix of astute financial management and prudency; increasing our internally generated revenues, adequate allocation of resources across all sectors and an all-inclusive governance approach.

It is significant to note that our administration has not contracted any new external loan to fund our projects since assumption of office. We have only completed transactions which were already in place before we assumed office. This administration inherited external loans from various past administrations which make up 60% of all our loans. This figure is made up of some loans that have been running since 1989, about 30 years ago; and were contracted at an average of N80 to $US1. Today these loans are being repaid at an average rate of N305 to $US1 translating to 205% increase in the loan repayment rate.

The State has incurred huge exchange losses on its external loans this year, 2017. The exchange loss represent 35% of the State external loans stock due to exchange rate slump of the Naira from N197.50 to $1 to N305 to $1. This is one of the side effects of an economy in recession.

Irrespective of these losses, it will be inappropriate to say that Lagos State has a high debt burden when situated with the level of development and infrastructural growth enjoyed presently by the State. We are certain that the loans have continually been used for the wellbeing of all Lagosians.


Despite the additional burden arising from devaluation of the Naira, our debt service ratio remains very strong on the back of our impressive revenue performance. The State’s net debt stock of N874.38bn represents just about 3% of the State GDP, while the Debt service charge to Revenue ratio stood at 15.61% compared to 13.32% in 2016 and 12.45% in 2015. I am proud to report to you that, today, your State remains financially strong and the most vibrant economy in the Nigerian landspace.

As part of the State’s commitment to fiscal sustainability we have continued to ensure that our deficit financing of capital projects remain within global benchmarks and our ratings internationally and locally have reflected our prudent management of public finance.

The Year 2017 Golden Jubilee budget of N812.998billion was approved and signed into Law on January, 9th 2017 to fulfill the expectations and priorities of our people. As at November 2017, the 11 month period Revenue performed at N448.396bn/76% compared to full year’s performances in 2016 of N449.609bn/83% and N399.382bn/82% for 2015.

Suffice it to say that the overall budget performance stood at 74% as at November 2017 and it is projected to close at 80% by the end of the year 2017.

The State average contribution to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 2015-2017 remains strong at about 30%.


Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, despite our modest achievements in 2017, there is still much work ahead and we must not relent in our efforts to give our people the best by way of continuous and efficient service delivery. Lagos has always been a trailblazer and we must consolidate on the economic gains made so far by initiating people-friendly programmes and projects that will attract more economic improvement in Y2018.

It is our resolve in Y2018 to strive and complete all on-going projects in order to meet their specified completion period and embark on new strategic projects. We intend to improve on our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the face of the dwindling accruable revenue allocation from the Federal Government, sustain our vision on wealth creation and poverty alleviation.

The proposed Y2018 budget christened ‘Budget of Progress and Development’ has a size of N1, 046,121,181,680 (N1, 046tn). The budget will be used to consolidate on infrastructure, education, transportation/traffic management, security and health with an added emphasis on mandatory capacity building for civil servants, all teachers in public secondary / primary schools, officers in the health service sector and women & youth empowerment alongside our Medium and Small/Micro Size Entrepreneurs (MSMSE’s).

The proposed budget amount represents an increase of 28.67% over Y2017 budget with the following key components:

Recurrent Expenditure                            – N347.039bn

Capital Expenditure                                – N699.082bn

Capital/Recurrent Ratio                              – 67:33


The estimate of total revenue for year 2018 is N897.423billion of which N720.123billion will be generated internally. A total of N148.699billion will be sourced through deficit financing within our medium term expenditure framework.

Our investment in new technology and the reforms put in place will galvanize the efficiency of our revenue collection from our citizens.

The highlights of sectoral allocation for Y2018 include;

S/N COFOG Y2018 Proposed Budget
1 General Public Services 171,623,009,348 16.41
2 Public Order and Safety 46,612,667,911 4.46
3 Economic Affairs 473,866,339,451 45.30
4 Environmental Protection 54,582,814,610 5.22
5 Housing and Community Amenities 59,904,562,576 5.73
6 Health 92,676,040,222 8.86
7 Recreation, Culture and Religion 12,511,216,257 1.20
8 Education 126,302,213,428 12.07
9 Social Protection 8,042,317,877 0.77
  Total 1,046,121,181,680 100


In 2018, economic affairs will continue to dominate and get the largest allocation of the budget as there is a lot to be achieved in the coming year.

Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members, it is our desire to maintain the tempo of continuous construction, rehabilitation, upgrading and maintenance of network of roads throughout the length and breadth of the State including those within the boundaries of Lagos and Ogun States.

With the favourable weather conditions prevailing now, this year’s Local Government Roads totaling 181 will be commenced as contractors will be mobilized immediately.


We have made provisions for continuous gridlock resolution, junction improvement, construction of more laybys and advancement of signalization that will improve traffic congestion especially along the Lekki-Epe corridor.

Other key projects that we have provided for include:

  • The Agege Pen Cinema flyover,
  • Alternative routes through Oke-Ira in Eti-Osa to Epe-Lekki expressway,
  • The 8km regional road to serve as alternative route to connect Victoria Garden City (VGC) with Freedom Road in Lekki Phase I.
  • Completion of the on-going reconstruction of Oshodi International Airport Road into a 10-lane road
  • The BRT Lane from Oshodi to Abule-Egba

We will consolidate on the Lagos bus reform project with the introduction of high and medium capacity buses, construction and completion of bus depots at Oshodi, Anthony, Yaba and many more.

In the area of job creation, we will construct an ICT Focus Incubator Centre in Yaba while the development of Imota and Igbonla Light Industrial Park as well as the provision of additional small scale industrial estate at Shala will commence. The State Employment Trust Fund will disburse more funds to Lagosians to support business and stimulate the economy.

From feedback of Lagosians, more emphasis will be placed on the successes already recorded by the Employment Trust Fund to get more of our unemployed youths into gainful employment.

The process leading to the movement of Mile 12 market to Imota which commenced in Y2016 has reached an advanced stage and we will complete the infrastructure in the new location in good time to pave way for relocation next year.

We will vigorously pursue our planned direct intervention in the power value chain towards generating 3,000MW Embedded Power Programme; a 3-year plan to achieving 24/7 power supply for the State. The challenge of inadequate power supply must be resolved for our economy to perform optimally and we believe the provision of this essential utility can no longer be left in the hands of the Federal Government alone to solve. We must complement each other for the overall development of our nation.

We will continue to rekindle our efforts in the area of Tourism, Sports, Arts and Culture by ensuring that our objective of making the State the tourism, sporting and entertainment hub of our nation is conscientiously pursued. In order to achieve this we will focus on these projects:

  • Completion of the 5 new Art Theatres in Alimosho, Ikorodu, Badagry, Epe and Ikeja.
  • Establish a Heritage Centre at the former Federal Presidential State House recently handed over to our government
  • Build a world class museum between the fomer Presidential Lodge and the State House, Marina.
  • Fast-track construction of the proposed 4 new stadia in Igbogbo, Epe, Badagry and Ajeromi Ifelodun(Ajegunle).
  • Complete the on-going Epe and Badagry Marina projects that will turn both areas into world class destination for tourists and adventure seekers.

We are mindful of the housing needs of the citizens that is why we are poised on completing all on-going housing projects especially those at Gbagada, Igbogbo, Iponri, Igando, Omole Phase I, Sangotedo and Ajara-Badagry for delivery to our subscribers under the Rent-to-Own policy of this administration.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, this budget has something for everyone, young and old, man or woman, including the physically challenged in line with our vision of making Lagos work for all. We shall also make massive investments in the area of Healthcare, Health Insurance, Education, Food Security and General Public Service.


I want to use this opportunity to acknowledge the cooperation and support received from the citizens of Lagos, members of the Business Community, Professional Bodies, Non-governmental Organizations and the State Civil Servants in years past. We thank you all for the support while soliciting for your continuous collaboration.

Our modest achievements so far had been made possible by the citizens that have been paying their taxes willingly and faithfully. It is expedient for me therefore to appeal to all our citizens and corporate entities to perform their civic responsibility by paying their taxes as and when due.

As we commence our Cleaner Lagos Initiative Programme, I strongly appeal to all citizens to embrace the Public Utility Levy that will commence in January 2018 for a cleaner, healthier Lagos.

The success of the proposed 2018 budget will rest on our commitment to succeed, drive to be self -sustaining and accelerate growth in both infrastructural and economic reforms, through revenue enhancement especially on fiscalization of consumption taxes, re-enactment of Land Use Law and implementation of physical planning regulations amongst others. As a result, we all have a huge responsibility at ensuring that the 2018 budgetary estimates become a reality as we take another giant stride in the history of our sustainable fiscal responsibilities.

In line with our tradition, the Honourable Commissioner for Finance will provide further breakdown of the proposed Y2018 budgetary estimates to the public later today.

I have left my commendation and appreciation of the House of Assembly for last so that the message of dutiful and selfless work rendered by this Assembly is well delivered. I am yet to see any House of Assembly in the country that is as dynamic and robust as the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Mr. Speaker, we are grateful for your leadership and continuous cooperation with the other arms of government. Honourable Members, I thank you all for your support.

Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members of this hallowed Chamber, our Royal Fathers, Distinguished Guests, gentlemen of the press, Ladies and Gentlemen, I wish you all Merry Christmas and a prosperous Y2018 in advance. Thank you for listening.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je wa Logun!!

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor of Lagos State

LASG Announces Restriction On Ikorodu Road To Fix Fadeyi Pedestrian Bridge

LASG Announces Restriction On Ikorodu Road To Fix Fadeyi Pedestrian Bridge

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said that there would be partial restriction of movement on Ikorodu Road to enable it replace the dilapidated and disused steel pedestrian bridge at Fadeyi Bus Stop with a new footbridge.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olujimi Hotonu, the Government said that in its continuous drive to protect the lives of pedestrians on the highway, the disused pedestrian bridge would be pulled down to give way for a new one worthy of the status of the State.

To effect the removal of the bridge, the State Government said the main carriage lanes of the Ikorodu Road would be closed to traffic for two nights on Saturday, 23rd September, between 11pm and 6am, and Sunday 24th between 11pm and 4am, while the service lanes will be open to traffic.

The Government also said all traffic both inward Lagos and outward Ojota will be diverted to the service lanes.

While  soliciting for the cooperation and support of all road users especially motorists plying the corridor to observe all the precaution signs on the road, the State Government said it had put in place effective traffic management strategies to manage the traffic during the period of closure.

The Government said the notice of partial restriction of the road became expedient to enlighten motorists and other road users to utilize alternative routes to avoid delay as well as obey traffic officers deployed on the road to ease movement.

While regretting the inconveniences the partial restriction would cause, the Government appealed for caution, noting that the ultimate goal of the plan was to safeguard lives and improve traffic along the corridor.