At least, 800 structures have been marked for demolition to pave the way for the construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge.
This came to the fore during the 2016 yearly ministerial press briefing by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, Lagos.
According to the Commissioner, 800 shanties and structures would be demolished, as government would relocate and compensate affected residents.
Johnson said government had been able to come up with a plan that would minimise large scale demolition, unlike in the last administration, in which the project would have claimed about 3,000 structures.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had said during the last Town Hall meeting that his administration would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with some consortium before the end of May 2016.
Speaking on the other road construction works going on across the state, the commissioner said this underscores Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s commitment to road infrastructure development that seeks to touch every area of the state.
He said the state government has commenced the rehabilitation and upgrading of strategic arterial/inner roads in Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State.
These roads, according to Engineer Johnson, include: “Lagos Road Epe (Oke –Osho/T-Junction/Aiyetoro Roundabout), Aiyetoro/Prof. Agbalajobi Road (Aiyetoro Garage/Aiyetoro Roundabout/Central Mosque Junction/Ita Marun/Ottin Stream. Network of roads (Group A) in Oloja Estate (Bature/Otunba Adeniyi/Omotayo/Uthman Mustapha/Adekunle Raman/Ishawu Owolabi.”
The Commissioner said Epe division is currently undergoing rapid industrial and commercial growth arising from the commencement of developments such as the Dangote Oil Refinery, the proposed Airport, the Deep Seaport as well as industries within the Lekki Free Trade Zone.
According to him, “Epe Town and its environs have witnessed the influx of people with attendant increased traffic volume on the road network, and at the same time, the state government has established visible, though, accesses to these facilities which are characterised by bumpy and eroded roads, particularly during the rainy season”.