Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu began his second year Saturday by flagging off the building of the long-awaited Regional Road in Lekki region.
The road is a critical infrastructure proposed in the Lekki-Epe master plan aimed at decongesting traffic gridlocks in the entire Eti Osa Local Government Area.
At the groundbreaking event, Sanwo-Olu described the development as “a manifestation” of his administration’s commitment towards improving socio-economic activities on the Lekki-Epe axis.
The construction of the 8.75 kilometre-long road, being undertaken by Messrs Hi-Tech Construction Company Limited, will link Lekki-Epe Expressway at Victoria Garden City (VGC) Junction to the Freedom Way in Eti Osa.
The road is also said to be a precursor to the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge that is expected to take off from the axis.
Sanwo-Olu said the Regional Road, which would be completed in 24 months, would change the entire landscape of Eti Osa and improve journey time for commuters.
“With the flag off of the construction of this critical road infrastructure, we are keeping the promise we made to Lagosians.
“As a Government, when we give commitments to our people, we do not shy away from it. Our word is our bond.
“Today’s event is a manifestation of our pledge to address infrastructural challenges on the Eti Osa axis.
“We know what people go through on the Lekki-Epe Expressway as a result of traffic.
“We are moved by the pains to hasten the process of putting the Regional Road in place to bring the long sought relief to our citizens working and living on this axis”, Sanwo-Olu said.
Sanwo-Olu said the government and the contractor had made plans for exigencies that may arise in the course of the construction work, assuring that the project would not be stalled by unforeseen challenges.
He said Hi-Tech had assured the Government that the project would be delivered on agreed period, even in the event of being faced by unforeseeable challenges.
“By the time of our third anniversary in office, we should have been getting ready to commission this road. That is the commitment we have given and we are going to hold the contractor on this timeline. As a Government, we will keep our own part.”
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye, said the Regional Road remains a strategic address to the infrastructural need of the Lekki sub-region as the new economic centre in the State.
The completion of the road will bring about competitive business environment and ease traffic off Third Mainland Bridge and serve as alternative to Lekki-Epe Expressway, she said.