Lagos Resumes Reconstruction Works On Lagos/Badagry Expressway 

Relief beckons as the Lagos State Government flagged off the continuation of the re-construction of the Lagos-Badagry international road and promised to deliver the next segment (Agboju to Tradefair) before the end of the year.
Deputy Governor of Lagos State Obafemi Hamzat today led other top government officials to the construction site at the Trade Fair Complex. He explained that the state government has prioritized the construction of the road because of its economic importance to the African Sub-Region. He noted that the road is the gateway of Nigeria that connects Seme, Republic of Benin and other neighboring countries.
Hamzat recalled that to underscore the importance of the road to this administration, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had immediately after inauguration led a team to visit the site and promised to mobilise contractors back to site within one month. The contractor, China Engineering Construction Company [CCECC] he noted has returned to site.
Hamzat, while lamenting the poor condition of the road and the harrowing experience of users and the residents of the corridor overtime, stated that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is determined to complete 10-lanes Lagos-Badagry Expressway in fulfillment of her campaign promise to the people of Lagos State.
‘’We are determined to put the ugly experience on this international route behind us in record time, so palliative measures would be taken to ensure that the Trade Fair to Okokomaiko Segment of the road is motorable round the year pending when the construction of that stretch will commence,’’ Hamzat assured.
He expressed satisfaction that the synergy between Lagos State and Federal Governments on the road was yielding positive results, noting that the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) has commenced maintenance work on the Igbo-Elerin Junction to Agbara while the Federal Government has also awarded the reconstruction and expansion of Agbara to Seme to 6 lanes.
According to the Deputy Governor, the reconstruction and upgrading of the 60km Lagos/Badagry Expressway from Eric Moore to Okokomaiko when completed would comprise 2 Toll lanes, 2 Service lanes,1Bus Rapid Transit [BRT] lane, Central Reserve for 2way light Rail Mass Transit and other support infrastructures.
Hamzat expressed optimism that the project when completed would bring succor to the residents and expand business opportunities along the corridor; restore the glory of the road as an international route, enhance international economic activities –movement of human and material goods, improve social life and reduce the stress induced health challenges while value of properties along the corridor will appreciate.
The deputy governor while appealing to the residents to be supportive of the present administration, stated that government was not unaware of the present state of some inner roads, noting that the state government is working round the clock to reverse the situation.
Earlier in his welcome address, Permanent Secretary, Ministry Engr. Olujimi Hotonu explained that the Eric Moore Badagry project was first conceptualized by the Lagos State Government in 1974 and was constructed by the Federal Government in 1977, when  the need for having highway to connect all the countries of the sub-regions was agreed upon by the Economic Country of West African States [ECOWAS].
He explained that the travel time on the road which connects the nation and other neighbouring countries which used to take 15 to 30 minutes now takes between 3 and 4 hours. “This extreme regular congestion has a significant impact on economic activities, reduces the potential for future growth and perhaps most importantly it has a large detrimental impact on the quality of life of the millions of Lagosians on this axis,” he added.
The scope of works according to Hotonu include provision of Lay-bys for buses and service ducts, costruction of Pedestrian Bridges, BRT Bus stops, Park&Ride and BRT depots, Tolled link interchanges, Flyovers, Construction of Toll Plazas, Road Markings, Road signs and traffic lights and landscaping.
Also speaking at the event, the General Manager, CCECC Lagos Headquarters, Mr. Bill Bian promised to speed up work and deliver within record time. He noted that his organization was aware of the hardship road users encounter and promised to fix bad spots such as Tradefair under bridge, Barracks and Iyano Iba immediaitely.

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