Motorists who are usually trapped for several hours in the traffic gridlock along the Mile 12/Ikorodu Road, will soon heave a sigh of relief . This is because the ever-busy 14 kilometre road will now be expanded to take six lanes.
Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola who disclosed this when he led members of the State Executive Council and newsmen to inspect ongoing projects in Ikorodu, explained that there would be three lanes on each side of the road. According to him, one lane on each side of the road would be reserved for the Bus Rapid Transit BRT. There would also be three BRT terminals along the road.
Governor Fashola gave reasons for the apparent slow pace of work on the road project. According to him, the contractors are collaborating with the Power Holding Company of Nigeria PHCN, to relocate their obstructing facilities on the road. These include about 300 electricity poles and cables.
Justifying borrowing money for the project, the Governor said: “This is what we do with the money we borrow. By making the investment, we build for tomorrow. This is the best way to build infrastructure. Aside from the low interest rate, we have a long period of repayment. Alternatively, if we wait for later, the cost will be very high as the Naira continues to lose value”.
At Ibeshe Road, which has been completed by Messrs Arab Contractors, the Governor expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done. He however advised the company to expedite action on the construction the new Jetty located in the area.
“Last week, we visited Mile 2 Jetty. Last year, when we visited Ajah, we saw the Ajah Jetty. Now, we have done Ibeshe Road and we decided that before the contractors leave, they should put another jetty here so that people can actually have a choice whether to drive or take a ferry to Ipakodo,” he explained.
The Governor who stated that his campaign team spent over one and half hours on the road during the electioneering period, was elated that he used only ten minutes to do the same journey. “Today we have done it in 10 minutes. This is what development is all about and, I think that the people are pleased. Our work continues because it is not finished. This is the kind of development we have planned and we are implementing with a methodological approach. The jetties are not all completed. Until we complete them and link them by radio, by departure and arrival schedule that is timed, we cannot start full operation”, Fashola said.
Other ongoing schemes inspected by the Governor and his team were: Igbogbo Baiyeku Road (HOMS), Housing Scheme along Odo-Onosa/Odo-Ayandelu Road, Resettlement Centre for flood victims, Ikosi, Agbowa, Housing site Agbowa (Choice Estate) and Relocation of Oko-Baba Sawmill to Agbowa Timber Village.
At the site of the on-going relocation project for Oko-Baba Sawmillers, Governor Fashola said, it would be “a clearly articulated timber village”.
The Village will have its own offices, trailer park and other ancillary services like welding, carpentry and woodwork.
“What is further interesting about the Timber Village is the housing estate that is being constructed where people can live in much more modern housing facilities away from the unsightly and unacceptable conditions that now exists. We made an agreement with them, I signed on behalf of government a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU with them. This is the future that we want for them. We are delivering on our promise and there is going to be a community of about 3000 houses here with the first 400 already done”, the Governor said.
The Governor also inspected the 144 units resettlement housing scheme to accommodate the people displaced by the flood at Ajegunle.
“We have also been to the housing unit being built by the Ministry of Housing at Igbogbo where you have about 264 housing units. We also saw the one been constructed by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development where there are 660 units. What this implies is that the whole place is coming alive as development is reaching the inner recesses of Igbogbo, Ejinrin, Ikosi Agbowa all in Epe area,” he said.