By Oziegbe Okoeki
ON Saturday, the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu flagged off the development of the long-awaited Regional Highway in Lekki area, a important infrastructure proposed within the Lekki-Epe grasp plan geared toward decongesting site visitors gridlocks in your entire Eti Osa Native Authorities Space. At a groundbreaking ceremony held on the undertaking web site, the Governor described the event as “a manifestation” of his administration’s dedication in direction of enhancing socio-economic actions on the Lekki-Epe axis by the availability of supporting infrastructure.
The development of the 8.75 kilometre-long street, being undertaken by Messrs Hello-Tech Building Firm Restricted, will hyperlink Lekki-Epe Expressway at Victoria Backyard Metropolis (VGC) Junction to the Freedom Manner in Eti Osa. The street can also be mentioned to be a precursor to the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge that’s anticipated to take off from the axis. When accomplished within the subsequent 24 months, Sanwo-Olu mentioned the Regional Highway wouldn’t solely change your entire panorama of Eti Osa and enhance journey time for commuters, he mentioned it could additionally drive up the effectivity of Authorities’s site visitors administration technique.
“With the flag off of the development of this important street infrastructure, we’re retaining the promise we made to Lagosians. As a Authorities, once we give commitments to our individuals, we don’t shrink back from it. Our phrase is our bond. Immediately’s occasion is a manifestation of our pledge to handle infrastructural challenges on the Eti Osa axis. We all know what individuals undergo on the Lekki-Epe Expressway because of site visitors. We’re moved by the pains to hasten the method of placing the Regional Highway in place to convey the lengthy sought aid to our residents working and dwelling on this axis. Immediately, we’re right here for the groundbreaking ceremony to start out work on this important infrastructures,” he mentioned.
In powerful tones, the Governor mentioned sanctions awaited property builders and state officers who undermined the State’s planning approvals and encroach the alignments of the Regional Highway. Sanwo-Olu directed the Ministry of Bodily Planning and City Growth to sanction any State official discovered culpable in compromising the the planning approval and right-of-way of the street. He appealed to residents to cooperate with the Authorities and the contractor in direction of making the undertaking a actuality, stating that the development work could result in short-term interval of hardship. He mentioned the aid that will comply with the completion of the undertaking would assuage any feeling of ache skilled by residents on the axis.
The Governor additionally assured that the multi-million greenback Fourth Mainland Bridge undertaking would take off earlier than the top of the present dispensation, including that the completion of the regional street necessitate the necessity for the bridge. The Particular Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye, mentioned the Regional Highway stays strategic handle the infrastructural want of the Lekki sub-region as the brand new financial centre within the State. The completion of the street, she mentioned, will result in aggressive enterprise atmosphere and ease site visitors off Third Mainland Bridge and function different to Lekki-Epe Expressway.