Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has restated his resolve to provide solutions to traffic snarls in the state.
He also approved the construction of a pedestrian bridge at Berger Bus Stop in Ojodu area of Lagos.
The governor spoke with journalists at Dopemu area of Agbado Oke- Odo LCD Area, after a random visit to some major traffic points in the metropolis during which he gained a firsthand experience of what the situation is.
He said; “We’ve been to the 3rd Mainland Bridge, Oworonshoki, Ketu, Abule-Egba, Alimosho and Mile 12 in Ketu end of Lagos. But that is not the end of the story. We’re still going to Apapa and Mile 2. The truth is that we must start to have solutions to our traffic challenges in the state and that’s what we are doing.
“That is why I have here with me, heads of agencies that are really concerned about the traffic situation. I like them to speak to you directly and let you know that we are together as a team, we’re going to start seeing solutions to the traffic challenges that we experience in Lagos.
“It is not enough for us stay in the office and believe that we can create solutions to the traffic challenge that we have in the state. So, we decided that we are going to go round ourselves and see how we can improve on the traffic situation in Lagos. What we have done in the last three hours is to show that we are greatly concerned about the traffic gridlock that we have been experiencing in the last few months”.
A statement signed by Habib Aruna, Chief Press Secretary, noted that after a visit to the pedestrian bridge at Berger, the Gov Ambode said “We have seen that Berger needs a ‘foot bridge’, and immediately engineers are going to go to work. And we will make sure that we put something there. We don’t want any traffic on that highway, so we are already thinking of additional solutions to allow vehicles to extend outside of the highway. That’s an engineering work and it’s already been considered”.
Ambode also stressed that in addition to the footbridge, government would also ensure that it makes the road free at all times because whatever happens on other roads, there is a fall back on the 3rd Mainland Bridge which often extends to the Oworonshoki end of the axis.
At Go-Ye in Dopemu, the governor said he shares the concerns of the residents about traffic bottleneck in the area and assured them that the state will create traffic lights and expand the road at the two ends so that people can turn easily without creating traffic.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Seyi Coker, also expressed optimism that Lagosians would see some improvements on the roads.
Also, the General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Engineer Ayotunde Sodeinde, said the governor has approved funds for the corporation to start work immediately.
He said: “From Monday, we are going to start work. But we won’t work during the day so that we would not obstruct traffic. So, we would work during the night and we have a lot of LSPWC gang that would handle all these situation. And very soon, you would see us in action and you would see what they call a new face of Public Works as Lagos roads will be free and motor-able.”