Ambode: Lagos Is Set To Sign MOU On Construction Of 8-Lane Ikorodu-Epe Road
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday revealed
plans by his administration to construct a standard eight-lane road from
Ikorodu to Epe via Agbowa, Itoikin and Ijebu-Ode.
|Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); his wife, Bolanle (middle); Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya (2nd right); Retired Justice George Oguntade (right) and Oloja of Epe Kingdom; Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Aniomashaun (left) during the commissioning of the newly reconstructed and upgraded Strategic Arterial/Inner Roads in Epe, on Friday.|
Ambode spoke separately in Epe and Kosofe Local Government
Areas of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, where he commissioned network of roads on
The governor also revealed that in a bid to scale up the
socio-economic integration of the South West region, the State Government in
partnership with Ogun State, would construct a top-class road from Mojoda to
The roads reconstructed and upgraded under the Epe Phase 1
Project included Lagos Road (Oke Osho/T. Junction/Aiyetoro Roundabout),
Professor Agbalajobi (Aiyetoro Garage/Ita Marun-Ottin) and Oloja Estate (Bature/Otunba
Adeniyi/Omotayo/Uthman Mustapha/Adekunle Rahman) roads.
Ambode, while commissioning the roads, said the completion
of the project was in line with his promise during electioneering to address
the challenges of gross infrastructural deficit, flooding and erosion that the
people of Epe had lived with for decades.
He said: “It gladdens my heart to see that two years into
the tenure of this administration, the dream of transforming Epe and its
environs into a modern city is becoming a reality. The narrow roads are being
redefined to give Epe a face lift. The network of roads have been complimented
with street lights to provide illumination, improve security and enhance
“This is consistent with our pledge to ensure inclusive
growth, where no part of the State will be left behind or neglected. The
ongoing infrastructural development in Epe is a foundation for economic
progress and development.”
He added that the plan of his administration was to open Epe
town to local and international investors who would be keen to take advantage
of the ongoing transformation of Ibeju-Lekki axis which is currently being
turned into an industrial hub.
Aside the roads, the Governor said the ongoing Epe-Marina
project, when completed, would turn Epe into a world class destination for
tourists and adventure seekers.
Giving details on other road projects in the axis, the
Governor said work had already commenced on the Phase II of the project from
Oke-Oso-Araga-Poka and Epe-Poka-Mojoda road, while the proposed Phase III is
the Mojoda to Ijebu-Ode junction road to be delivered in collaboration with
Besides, the Governor expressed optimism that the
Ikorodu-Agbowa-Itoikin-Ijebu-Ode and Itoikin Epe road projects would provide
viable alternative routes to Lekki-Eti-Osa-Epe Expressway which would witness
increased vehicular movement resulting from industrial activities at the Lekki
Free Trade Zone.
“We are optimistic that the future prosperity of Lagos State
is secured. The development of the East-West wings of the State is our sure bet
to prosperity,” he said.
While thanking the people for their support during
construction of the roads, the Governor urged them to endeavor to get necessary
permit before embarking on any construction to prevent demolition of structures
for such future road projects.
“As we celebrate 50 years of our dear State, there is no
better way to say thank you to all the good people of Epe division than the
provision of economic infrastructure that will help make the communities
liveable and viable,” he said.
In Kosofe Local Government where he equally commissioned
newly upgraded eights roads in Omotayo Banwo, Kola Iyaomolere, Omotayo Close,
Adetunji Adegbite Street, Ogun Street, Goodluck Street and Prince Oyewunmi
Streets, the Governor said the rehabilitation of the roads was part of the
efforts to further improve road connectivity and reduce travel time in the
He expressed happiness that the efforts of his
administration in the axis was already paying off and had resulted in massive
improvement in the flow of traffic to and from the Island via the Third
Mainland Bridge as a result of the construction of Laybys, Alternative Routes
and creation of more spaces for bus stops.
Specifically, the Governor said the newly upgraded Banwo and
Iyaomolere roads would decongest traffic on Oworonshoki expressway by providing
a link through Ogudu to Ikorodu expressway.