Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has revealed plans by his administration to construct a standard eight-lane road from Ikorodu to Epe via Agbowa, Itoikin and Ijebu-Ode.
He said the road project would be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, while a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to that effect would be signed in the coming week.
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 Ijebu-Ode junction.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna on Friday.
The Governor spoke separately at Epe and Kosofe Local Governments where he commissioned network of roads.
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.
According to the statement, Ambode said the completion of the project was in line with his campaign promise to address the challenges of the gross infrastructural deficit, flooding, and erosion that the people of Epe had lived with for decades.
“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 socio-economic activities.
“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,” Governor Ambode said.
World Class Destination
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.
Apart from 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, Ambode said work had already commenced on 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 Ogun State.
The governor equally 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 will 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.
Furthermore, 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.
The governor also noted that the newly upgraded Banwo and Iyaomolere roads would decongest traffic on Oworonshoki expressway by providing a link through Ogudu to Ikorodu expressway.