The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has revealed that the major reason driving his government in the massive delivery of infrastructure across the state is to attract investors and further grow the status of a Mega-city.
He made the revelation while commissioning the Abule Egba and Ajah flyovers, Freedom and Admiralty roads, among other projects in the state.
According to him, the driving motive behind the Ajah Bridge, was to improve connectivity and facilitate economic growth, while the Abule-Egba flyover would open up other areas of the state and improve residents’ lives.
Before now, Ajah, had been under terrible gridlock daily, which crippled businesses and resulted in loss of man hours and revenues.
But the Governor was upbeat that the new infrastructure would eliminate traffic jam while the Freedom and Admiralty roads would provide an alternative to the Lekki/Ikoyi Bridge, thereby easing traffic in Lekki Phase 1.
He averred that “We had to give this project priority because of its strategic importance to the economic growth of the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) and the Ibeju-Lekki-Epe axis. This axis would play a key role in the future prosperity of Lagos State as home to many multi-billion naira private investments in the LFTZ 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 would 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.
On the Abule Egba Bridge, he said the area’s importance moved his administration to redesign the traffic flow chart of the axis to ensure better connectivity between Lagos and Ogun states.
“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.
“Lagos means business and today, Abule-Egba is open for business. This bridge signposts the beginning of a new era of development that would enhance the standard of living of the people in this axis,” Ambode said.