The contractors handling ongoing projects across Lagos State assured the government that many of the projects would be ready by last quarter of the year. The contractors handling the 10-lane Airport Road and Pen Cinema Flyover said the projects would be completed by December 2018.
The contractors, who spoke separately during an extensive inspection tour of ongoing projects by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, also said the network of roads in Ilaje and Bariga, as well as a new jetty – through which Ikorodu, Apapa, Lagos Island, Badagry, Ajah, and Epe would be linked via the waterways – would be ready in July, while the Oshodi Transport Interchange would be delivered by September.
The governor appealed to residents to bear with the government for the inconvenience being caused, saying the projects were designed to change the face of Lagos and boost the economy. He said, “As much as possible, we have tried to reduce the impact of traffic on residents and other road users believing that it is in the overall interest of all. “I have been assured by the contractors that the projects will be part of our Christmas gift; they will be ready for Christmas.”
Ambode said the government would soon commence payment of compensation to those whose structures gave way for the projects. Speaking on Oworonshoki Lagoon reclamation, Ambode clarified that the project was not a housing scheme but part of the overall programme for Lagos to emerge as the entertainment hub for Africa. He said 30 hectares of land space had been reclaimed out of the planned 50 hectares.