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Lagos State Government has commissioned the Ajah and Abule Egba Flyovers to address the perennial traffic associated with the areas, as well as boost economic activities in both axes.
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, executive governor of Lagos state commissioned the two bridges on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, accompanied by the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya and other top government officials.
The areas which are strategic routes for commercial and social activities have been troubled by terrible traffic gridlock on a daily basis, crippling business activities and causing loss of valuable man hours and revenues. This must have informed his administration’s decision to redesign the traffic flow chart of the axis to ensure better connectivity between Lagos and Ogun States. The jubilant governor Ambode declared, “Today, we all have cause to rejoice as the Jubilee Bridge, Abule-Egba is delivered. This bridge is one of the interventions we embarked upon to ensure free flow of traffic, stimulate commercial activities and create opportunities for our people.“
The Governor said the driving motive behind Ajah Bridge was to improve connectivity in the axis and facilitate economic growth. The Bridge would eliminate the traffic jam usually experienced on the road while the Freedom and Admiralty roads, which he also commissioned, would provide an alternative route to the Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge, thereby, easing traffic at Lekki Phase 1.
It will be recalled that due to its strategic importance to the economic growth of the Lekki Free Trade Zone and the Ibeju-Lekki-Epe axis, the Lekki bridge project was pushed to the front burner of the infrastructural development programmes of the Lagos State government.
The governmor informed the ecstatic crowd that witnessed the commissioning that this axis will play a key role in the future prosperity of Lagos State as the home to many multi-billion naira private investments in the Lekki Free Trade Zone as well as the upcoming seaport and airport. “As a government, we are irrevocably committed to making Lagos State an investment haven and we have made it a duty to put in place top class infrastructure that will facilitate movement of people, goods and materials.
‘’We are confident that these initiatives will boost commercial activities in this axis, support economic growth and significantly reduce travel time as well as other costs associated with traffic challenges,” the Governor said. He also said that beyond the Bridge, his administration was already looking to activate the Badore jetty in line with efforts to commence reforms in the State’s water transportation efforts.
He said this intervention would see the creation of a bus route from Badore to Langbasa and Ajah axis, rehabilitation of the Badore Road and also create alternative routes through Oke-Ira to the Epe expressway, while the alternative slip road which motorists used while the construction of the Bridge lasted would be closed to accommodate a new Bus Terminal.