LASG assures on completion of Abiola-Onijemo Link Road

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By Lydia Ngwakwe

The Lagos State Government says the Abiola-Onijemo Link Road with bridge project will be completed by June.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on infrastructure, Mr Olufemi Daramola, disclosed this when he inspected the ongoing project on Friday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project, when completed, will connect Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojodu local government areas.

Daramola recognised that the rainy season was coming soon, and could hinder the construction’s progress.

He said, however, that the governor’s goal was for the project to be completed by June.

“We know we are going into the wet season now. Mr Governor is assiduous of completing this projects around June this year,”

According to Daramola, the project is part of the government’s THEMES+ agenda, focusing on transportation infrastructure.

He said, “Today we are at Abiola Onijemo project. This is one of the strategic projects being undertaken by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu in line with the THEMES Agenda.

“It’s going to connect Ifako College Road with Iju Ifako; it’s going to reduce a lot of travel time to commuters and socio-economic importance will go up.

“If you know, this place has always been a flood-prone area in which people living on the other side cannot come across and it’s a major strategic bypass. And today it’s a thing of joy,” he said.

Additionally, the SA said that the last span of the concrete deck on the bridge was ongoing and was a major milestone to be achieved.

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He expressed satisfaction with the high quality of work done so far, saying it aligned with the governor’s strategic plan for the area.

He also expressed confidence that, given the project’s quality, it would be completed on schedule.

“Looking round. What has been done here is of high quality, good quality in line with Mr Governors strategic master plan for movement of people and commuters in the axis. I’m very happy at this stage.

“I’m convinced that with the quality that has been put into this project, the project is poised to be completed in due course.”

Daramola said that the bridge, on which work began about eight months ago, would reduce travel time.

He thanked the residents for their cooperation, saying it is a thing of joy when people are given dividend of democracy and they embrace it.

He also thanked other stakeholders who joined hands to make the project a success.

The Managing Director, GELD Construction Company, Mr Nabeel Esawi, assured that the project, which was about 75 per cent ready, would be delivered within the stipulated time.

“We commenced work here in October 2022. The project is supposed to be implemented for 24 months but we will finish it before the time, even with all the challenges that we have on the material rate that is increased everyday in Nigeria.

“The drain is almost about 80 per cent ready too,” he said. (NAN)

Edited by Oluwole Sogunle

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