22nd March, 2011
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola is to expand Ikorodu Road by converting from the current four lanes to six lanes.
The governor disclosed this on Monday during his campaign in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, South West Nigeria.
The Ikorodu Road, already four lanes, two on each side of the dual carriageway, will now have three lanes on each side with one of the lanes converted to BRT corridor to transport people to and from Ikorodu.
The governor stated that the Federal Government refused to stand as a guarantor for the project meant to better the lives of Lagosians plying the Ikorodu route.
He said he was in France three weeks ago and that the France Government had agreed to finance the project, but the governor did not disclose the cost of the rehabilitation and converting the road to six lanes way.
According to Fashola, the design for the new Ikorodu Road was ready, adding that the project would commence by the middle of this year.
The governor said government â€œhas delivered its promises made to the people of Ikorodu in 2007 with the construction of about 31 roads which are still on-going.
â€œThe Ikorodu Road project will include the BRT lanes to ease traffic for the Ikorodu people. Our 2011 budget includes the construction of 28 roads in Ikorodu and will all be completed before the end of this administration.
â€œWe are aware of the diversion of cars, especially heavy duty vehicles from Lagos-Ibadan expressway to Ikorodu to link with Sagamu expressway as a way of avoiding traffic, thus putting pressure on Ikorodu road,â€ he said.
The governor therefore assured the people of Ikorodu and its environs that the construction would be speedy as the French Government plans to assist the state government with funds for construction of roads.
Fashola also commissioned four new boats to ply Ikorodu and Victoria Island, adding that the new boats had a speed of about 17 minutes as against the previous speed of 27 minutes of former boats, saying that â€œthe state has embarked on regional town planning of how Ikorodu would be in another 25 years.â€
Chairman, Lagos State Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Chief Henry Ajomale urged the people to shun violence in the April polls, stressing that â€œwe should vote and defend our votes but not through violence.â€