Ibeju Lekki-Epe Highway Project Will Be Delivered By First Quarter Of 2022, Says Sanwo-Olu

Special Adviser to Lagos Governor on Works & Infrastructure, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and representative of the contractor, Craneburg construction during an inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lekki-Epe expressway

 

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians that the 18.7 kilometres six-lane Ibeju Lekki-Epe highway project will be delivered by the first quarter of 2022.

Sanwo-Olu was excited by the pace of work on the road, persuading the contractor handling the project to increase its momentum in order to push the progress to an encouraging level before the end of the year.

The Governor flagged off the first phase of the expansion on the Lekki-Epe Expressway last November, kick-starting the rehabilitation of the 40-year-old infrastructure. The second phase of the project, which will start later this year, stretches 26.7Km from Eleko Junction to Abraham Adesanya Junction in Eti-Osa axis.

Ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lekki-Epe expressway (Eleko Junction to Epe T-Junction) inspected by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and members of the State Executive Council on Monday, June 14, 2021.

 

At the time of the Governor’s inspection, the contractor had completed a stretch of 3km on the lane from Eleko Junction inward Epe, while the right-of-way for the entire project has been fully cleared.

After communicating the work progress to the Governor, representatives of the contractor led Sanwo-Olu and cabinet members on legwork for assessment of features on the completed stretch, including drainage channels, kerb and segregated lane for heavy-duty vehicles.

The Governor was optimistic the project would be delivered on record time, charging the contractor to scale up the pace of work.

Ongoing rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lekki-Epe expressway (Eleko Junction to Epe T-Junction) inspected by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and members of the State Executive Council on Monday, June 14, 2021.

 

He said: “This exercise is an on-the-spot assessment to view the status of the 18.7Km six-lane rigid pavement road construction we are doing from Eleko Junction to Epe. The contractor has been active on-site in the last six months, and they have touched every part of the entire stretch. We are currently assessing the project from the 3km lane already completed. On either side are three lanes.

Two lanes are for cars, while the last lane is for heavy-duty vehicles. There will be a 1.5km pedestrian walkway on both sides.

“We are happy with the progress of the project because the contractor works day and night. I believe the work is on track. Residents on this corridor are also happy with the level of work done. They are waiting on us to hand over this important infrastructure to them in earnest.

“The beauty of the work is that it has reduced the journey time, even as the road is still being constructed. There is no hindrance on the road; motorists have the right-of-way for free movement.

Not until when we finish the entire construction, we would have the full benefit of this investment. We are happy with what we have seen and we believe that the contractor should be rounding off the work by the end of this year or first quarter next year.”

Police Arrest Car Robbery Gang

The Police in Niger state have arrested  a 4-man  robbery gang that are allegedly specialised in robbing  motorists of their cars at gun points across the country.

The Niger state Commissioner of Police, Desire  Nsirim who revealed this to Channels Television in Minna, the Niger state capital, explained that  the suspects confessed to have snatched cars at gun points  all over the country.

The Police boss claimed the gang confessed to have recently robbed a lady of her  white coloured Toyota Highlander (SUV)  at gun point at Ebute in Ibeju Lekki  Local Government Development Authority of Lagos state.

Other vehicles recovered from the four man gang include two unregistered Toyota Camry cars and two Nissan Sunny cars with registration numbers: Lagos BZ 900JJJ and Lagos GR532EKY.

Mrs Nsirim explained that the suspects were on their way  to sell the vehicles in the north when they were arrested by men of the Niger state Police  command who were on a routine patrol along the ever busy Lagos-Kaduna road.

She further attributed the reduction of crime rate in the state to the proactive measures of the command.