Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has on Friday commissioned dual carriageway flyover and five other roads at Pen Cinema in the Agege area of the state to residents for use.
Although former Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, was absent, All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu; and other prominent politicians were present for the inauguration of the flyover.
Also at the event were Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat; Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa; monarchs, market leaders, and members of the Agege community.
The 1.7 kilometre-long bridge was started by Ambode administration in 2017 but could not be completed by the administration as the former governor lost his re-election bid in 2019.
Ambode, though still a member of APC as he was seen revalidating his membership of the party recently, has not been seen at any state function with Sanwo-Olu or Tinubu, his hitherto political leader, since he exited government in May 2019.
The overpass starts from Oba Ogunji Road and drops at the Oke Koto axis of Agege. The bridge also opens to the old Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway through to Abule Egba.
The bridge is expected to end the pain experienced by motorists plying Agege-Abule Egba and Agege-Iyana-Ipaja axes.
Speaking at the commissioning of the roads on Friday, Sanwo-Olu noted that the government was aware of the challenges residents in the area faced.
According to him, residents and road users along the axis have clamoured for a solution to the suffocating nature of the perennial gridlock occasioned by the huge human and vehicular traffic, flowing through the intersection.
To address the challenge, the governor explained that his administration decided to continue with the construction of a precast and pre-stressed reinforced concrete dual-carriage flyover and ramp, with road works in the area.
He added that they intended to provide better riding surfaces leading to reduced maintenance costs, boost inter-connectivity, and generally make life more meaningful to commuters in the state.
Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that in the days ahead, commuters would testify to the improved vehicular movement and traffic flow with the attendant positive impact on businesses and living in the area.
Also speaking at the event, Tinubu urged youths not to copy “vagabonds”, saying destruction won’t help them reach their destinations.
To all of you youths, if you see the kind of progress and economic resuscitation that is going on in this neighbourhood and Lagos State as a whole, you should be commended for cooperating with the contractor.
But that is not alone, we commend you for maintaining peace and don’t copy vagabonds, don’t emulate those who are in thuggery. There is no development if there is no peace, we must embrace peace to have development.
He added; The government is doing so much to give you good foundation in education, that is an investment in your future…and that is giving you a tool to conquer poverty.
Destruction and destruction will not help you reach the destination that you aspire to reach.