Lagos commences construction of Lagos-Badagry expressway

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

Member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mojisiola Alli-Macaulay; Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Executive Director, CCECC, Mr. Bill Bian and Chairman, Oriade LCDA, Hon. Ramotalai Akinola-Hassan during the flag Off of the continuation of the construction of Lagos-Badagry Expressway on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

The Lagos State Government has flagged off the continuation of the construction of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

This comes ten years after the commencement of the ten-lane road.

Performing the flag off, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat said that the return to the road not only marks the fulfilment of a promise made during a recent visit on June 2, 2019 to the people of the State by the Sanwo-Olu Administration but was also designed to bring relief to commuters who daily experience hardship on the road.

The Deputy Governor explained that the “Sanwo-Olu administration would honour all the promises made to Lagosians” as he urged citizens to remain obedient to the Laws that were made to ensure good life.

He further stressed that the project covers specifically the Agboju to Trade Fair segment as well as the rehabilitation of the Eric Moore – Mile 2 stretch.

Citizens Cooperation
According to the Deputy Governor “we must obey the law, citizens co-operation is critical to what successes we will be able to record during this tenure.  We must also monitor the project and report progress and observations to us.”

Hamzat further commended the co-operation of the Federal Government as both the State and Federal Agencies will be present along the road up to Seme border.

He explained that Lagos State is handling Eric Moore to Agboju while FERMA will do four-lane maintenance to Agbara while the Federal Government has awarded Agbara to Seme as a six-lane Highway.

He also stated that the State Government would deploy Taskforce to clean up the area and ensure free flow of traffic.

Major Gateway
It should be recalled that the notion to expand the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, a major gateway connecting Nigeria and other neighbouring West African countries was conceptualized in 2009 by the Babatunde Raji Fashola administration to ease traffic in the region and upgrade the infrastructure from four (4) lanes into ten (10) lane dual carriage.

The Lagos-Badagry project which is approximated to 60km long from Eric Moore to Badagry, consist of two major intermodal transport scheme namely Lagos-Badagry Expressway project and Lagos Light Rail Mass Transit project.