2nd April, 2012
The Lagos State government says the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge is still on course as government is determined, and that the on-going development of the jetties to link the eastern and western parts of the State will not hinder the project.
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Kadri Hamzat disclosed this while inspecting ongoing projects in Eti-Osa Local Council Development Area and environs explained that the development was in tune with the intermodal transportation plan of the government.
He noted that the state would soon become a giant construction works yard, expressing satisfaction with the spate of work at various sites visited.
Hamzat noted that since the commencement of water transportation the daily passenger using ferries had risen from 400,000 monthly to 1.4 million; a figure expected to increase to over four million when the jetties are completed.
The Commissioner also stated that the completion of the 3 new jetties along with those being rehabilitated at Mile 2 and Oworonsoki will ensure the end of the perennial gridlock that characterize moving around major parts of Lagos.
Hamzat said that the on-going litigation on the Osborne jetty site would not distract the state government from accomplishing the goals of water transportation, adding that “it is in the character of the administration to obey laws.”
According to the Commissioner, the bridge development had been concessioned, while government is also promoting water transportation with a capacity of moving over four million people monthly in a more effective and efficient manner.
He disclosed that contracts for over 180 roads had been awarded across the state, covering both the rural and cosmopolitan areas, adding that the state government had incorporated the period of rainfall into its master plan to ensure appropriate project delivery.
The commissioner pointed out that the state government, bearing in mind that Lagos is a coastal city state, has incorporated the possible flooding resulting from rainfall into the master plan of road construction by including the upgrading and construction of drainage channels that would ensure proper discharge of water from the roads in the event of rising sea level.
Hamzat also explained that projects which were not performing to expectation would be re-awarded to ensure that the intended benefits get to the people.