Ambode’s fast-pace massive infrastructure development will bring Lagos in sync with other developed cities of the world

It is obvious to all that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Executive Governor of Lagos has impacted every corner of the state with massive infrastructure that cuts across roads, transportation, security and safety, health, sports, trade and commerce and agriculture among others.

In just three years, the Governor completed over 300 Local Government road projects; commenced the construction of a 10-lane Oshodi–Murtala Mohammed Int’l Airport Road; redesigned the Lekki-Epe Expressway to improve times on the road and reduce gridlock by replacing roundabouts with traffic lights; constructed Flyo- ver bridges in Ajah and Abule-Egba areas,
and several Multiple Lay-by to ease traffic congestion. Some of these are the Third Mainland-Iyana-Oworo-Toll Gate Road and the Ojodu-Berger Flyover Intersection.

Governor Ambode also completed 21 roads and two bridges with a combined stretch of 27.4 kilometres in Alimosho-Agbado-Oke-Odo area. Work is on-going on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

To bequeath a world-class transportation system, the State launched the Bus Reform Initiative with new bus terminals. Already completed are the Tafawa Balewa Bus Terminus and Ikeja Bus Terminus while over 100 modern Bus Shelters are being constructed across the State.

The Governor also procured 5,000 new buses soon to be deployed state- wide and 434 new buses for Ikorodu Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor and commenced work on the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway with 14 bus stations and 14 pedestrian bridges. An iconic Skywalk Bridge has been installed to link Terminals 1 and 2 at Oshodi Bus Interchange.

On security infrastructure, the state acquired equipment worth more than 5 billion Naira for the State Police Command and Rapid Response Squad. Equipment provided range from100 4-door salon cars, 55 Ford Ranger pick-ups, 10 Toyota land cruiser pick-ups, 15 BMW power bikes, 100 power bikes, Isuzu trucks, three helicopters, two gun boats, 120 power generating sets, 15 armoured personnel carriers, revolving lights, siren and public address system, vehicular radio communicators, security gadgets including bullet
proof vests, helmets, handcuffs, uniforms, kits and improved insurance and death benefit schemes for officers.

On safety, Governor Ambode established three new Fire Stations at Bolade-Oshodi, Ejigbo and Abesan, and upgraded facilities at the existing Fire Stations in Alausa, Ikeja, Isolo, Agege, Ilupeju, Badagry-Suru, Ikotun and Agege. He also rehabilitated 225 old fire hydrants in Lagos metropolis, and installed 50 new ones connected to the mini/micro water works across the State. This was complemented with the employment of 250 new personnel into the Lagos State Fire Service, and the purchase of new fire-fighting equipment such as complete sets of Master Breathing Apparatus, Tripod Stand Rescue Equipment, Dragon Max Floodlights, Duraline Hoses, and Power Stream PPU Blower.

The Governor also repositioned the Lagos State Emergency Agency, LASEMA, with 4 centres, namely
Command & Control Centre, Alausa, Ikeja; LASEMA Response Unit (LRU) Cappa Oshodi; LASEMA Response Unit, Lekki (by Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge) and LASEMA Response Unit, Onipanu. The LRUs are equipped with modern equipment (trucks, power bikes, heavy-duty vehicles and fire trucks, Mobile Intensive Care Ambulances and Light Rescue Equipment, and 14 new BMW Power Bikes for on-spot reconnaissance assessments of emergency incidents.

Health sector also received a boost with the development of N49 billion Public Private Partnership Medical Park in Ikoyi, to be located at the old Nursing School along Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.

In summary His Execellency, Governor Ambode has successfully expanded and deepened infrastructure reach and profile of Lagos State dramatically in the last three years. This has marketed and propelled Lagos to the elite and emerging bog cities in the world.

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Lanre Alabi
Lanre Alabi
Lanre Alabi is the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Infrastructure Development Magazine

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