Lagos strikes to make sure fast completion of Lagos-Badagry Expressway

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The Lagos State Government has moved to make sure the short completion of the continuing work on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

This follows a unanimous decision after 2 days of rigorous deliberations on the yearly Executive-Legislative parley of the Lagos State Government.

According to a public statement by the State authorities, there was a decision to arrange a 7-man ad-hoc committee to be headed by the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, with a mandate to have a dialogue with the Federal Government and safe a assure for fast completion of ongoing work on the Okokomaiko-Seme Border stretch of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

The committee is anticipated to offer suggestions to the State authorities inside weeks for additional motion.

The decision from the occasion partly reads, “In the last two days, we have discussed and shared various ideas on how Lagos can be further secured and transformed to become the logistics and port hubs in Africa. Part of what needs to be done is acceleration and improvement on the infrastructure of the State with emphasis on roads construction and sustainable integrated transportation system through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Quick completion of Lagos-Badagry Expressway, an international corridor, is key to boosting the State’s economy. 

“To this end, we are raising a seven-man ad hoc committee chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, to engage the Federal Government through the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure for the completion of the road from Okokomaiko to Seme Border. Other members of the committee include Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser on Arts and Culture, Mr Solomon Bonu, two federal legislators and two legislators in the State House of Assembly. 

“We are calling for improved protection for Lagos infrastructure through the installation of digital scanners at all entry points and continuous investment in security infrastructure and equipment. This must be complemented with regular capacity building for security personnel to align with global best practice. 

“To equip police officers serving in Lagos with adequate gadgets, there is a need for the State to access resources from the Police Trust Fund domiciled with the Federal Government. We charge all federal legislators from Lagos in the National Assembly to lobby for this. Henceforth, there must be unique data on registration, identification and licencing of private guards and security operatives in Lagos, as well as the need to develop defined competencies for informal security guards.”

Special Adviser on Civic Engagement to the Governor, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, who learn the 7-point resolutions agreed on on the parley, additionally stated the individuals had pushed for enormous funding in training, entrepreneurship and ICT to handle youth unemployment and restiveness.

What you must know

  • The Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), an company arrange for the monitoring and upkeep of roads, just lately introduced that the continuing rehabilitation works of a bit of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway was 88% full.
  • The South West 2 Zonal Coordinator for FERMA, Mr Rufus Onimisi, stated that the undertaking contractors (Wizchino Engineering Ltd) had been fast-tracking the implementation of the undertaking which spanned Igboelerin to Agbara.
  • The in depth reconstruction of the expressway, which started in 2010, entails the widening of the highway from 4 lanes to 10 lanes for automobiles, and a brand new mass transit line that may function within the median.
  • The undertaking, which has confronted a sequence of delays, additionally features a mild rail undertaking with practice stations.

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