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Pen Cinema Flyover Will Be Ready In 10 Months – Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured Lagosians that the Pen Cinema, Agege Flyover will be ready in about 10 months. Advertisement He said this … Continue reading Pen Cinema Flyover Will Be Ready In 10 Months – Ambode


Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured Lagosians that the Pen Cinema, Agege Flyover will be ready in about 10 months.

He said this on Tuesday during an inspection of the construction sites in the company of key members of his cabinet.

They included the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Olujimi Hotonu, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Adebowale Akinsanya.

According to the governor, the flyover will run from Agege down to the Abeokuta Expressway to address the perennial traffic often associated with the area.

“You know, I’ve always wanted to do something in this community, I want to reduce the sufferings that arise from the traffic congestion in this neighbourhood, so I have decided to do the Pen Cinema Flyover starting from the beginning of this road by Total and then run straight for one kilometre down and then an additional 400metres, totalling 1.4km to decongest this neighbourhood up to the Abeokuta Expressway.

“But you can see that I have inconvenienced you by the demolition that has taken place here. It is temporal. In the next 10 months by the grace of God, we will deliver this project by November 2018,” he said.

The governor also revealed that some parts of the road will be closed from Thursday (January 4), to allow the contractors work faster.

He also assured residents whose properties were demolished that they would be adequately compensated.

“They are going to work day and night. But why am I here? First to appeal to you for those that we have demolished their properties, we will compensate you fully. Secondly, starting from Thursday, January 4, there would be partial closure of some of the roads here, so we have provided alternative routes where your vehicles will be passing. So, we would do this month by month, so that the area that we have finished, we would come back to the main road and Agege would never be the same again.

“We are bringing prosperity to your doorstep and I have come to appeal to everybody, community leaders, all our school children that you should not worry, it has come with a little pain, but by the time we come back at the end of the year, Agege will look like Victoria Island and Ajah.

“Everywhere we go, we know there is economic prosperity around that neighbourhood, so my coming here is to plead with you to bear with us and cooperate with us,” the Governor said.

The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr Ade Akinsanya, assured residents that on completion, the construction will permanently address the gridlock in the Agege axis.

Akinsanya said the planned restriction of movement will enable the contractor take full advantage of the weather and space to deliver seamlessly the critical aspect of the flyover construction that falls within the Pen Cinema roundabout and railway crossing at Old Abeokuta Road junction.

Governor Ambode also inspected the ongoing construction of the Oshodi Transport Interchange which is expected to be delivered by July 2018.
The project, according to him, will create a world class central business district with focus on transportation, security, environment and urban renewal.

The interchange has three-multi-story bus terminals with waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, drivers lounge, parking areas, conveniences, surveillance tower and CCTV gadgets.

Other features include accessible walkways, pedestrian bridges/sky-walks to link the three terminals, shopping malls with street lighting and a dedicated security team on ground.