Fashola Commissions Traffic Improvement Road, Reads Riot Act To Traffic Offenders
Jul 18, 2008 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Friday commissioned the traffic gridlock improvement location on the outer Marina to link Ahmadu Bello Way with a warning that the state would no longer tolerate any act of irresponsible driving and flouting of traffic rules along the axis.
Governor Fashola who spoke at the commissioning ceremony which took place at the new car park, Onikan added that with the completion of the project, the State Government has successfully removed the worrisome gridlock which some commuters have often used as an excuse to drive against the flow of traffic.
The Governor who defied a mid morning down pour to perform the commissioning, informed that apart from the project, the state Government has also improved the traffic on the right turn at the descent of the Five Cowries Bridge to ensure a smoother turn to accommodate the heavy vehicular movement down the bridge which hitherto had been hampered by the sharp edge at the descent.
Said he: “In furtherance of this noble objective, the state has approved the improvement of the following gridlock locations: the right turn at the descent of Anthony Bridge into Ikorodu Road by Town Planning Way, Ilupeju, the former Toll Gate in Ikosi –Ketu, Junction improvement along Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way: and construction of additional road to the Michael Otedola Estate underpass”
Equally approved for improvement are the descent of Falomo Bridge by Ozumba Mbadiwe loop: improvement of Maryland underpass(Odo Iyalaro): expansion of Town Planning Way, Ilupeju and the construction of roundabout at Billings way, Ikeja, Governor Fashola added.
He added that the various projects underscore the unflinching commitment of the administration to ensure stress free movement of goods and personnel, the volume of which makes Lagos the economic nerve centre and the honey pot of the nation and West Africa .
The Lagos State helmsman also informed that the event is another proof of the sincere commitment to make governance touch on the lives of all Lagosians in more ways than one by implementing projects that will alleviate the sufferings of the people while adding value to their living and extending life spans.
He reminded that efficient transportation system and traffic management as a catalyst for economic growth and development formed an integral part of the campaign promises to the people as the man hours wasted on the road and the stress from one end to another was a source of serious concern to the government.
He applauded the contributions of a University don, Professor Olusanya of the University of Lagos to the concept of improving traffic in Lagos , saying he is a man whose passionate concern led to the creation of the gridlock improvement points around the State.
He added that a committee was put in place by the State Executive Council to brainstorm on some of the suggestions brought forward by the don, adding that the eventual acceptance of the proposition and commissioning today represents an attribute of the Lagos cabinet as one that accepts superior arguments.
He reiterated that one electoral promise which the State Government is also achieving with the road projects is the creation of jobs which has been made possible by the award of the contracts to tested and trusted indigenous contractors.
Governor Fashola also used the occasion to appeal to the consciences of all Lagosians to ensure that while the State is striving to deliver on her electoral promises and fulfill her own part of the social contract, members of the public must also play their own part too by supporting various initiatives of government like paying taxes regularly and maintaining law and order.
The Governor also appealed to all road users to note that: “The road is just a resource. Let us use it well and wisely too. When we obey traffic rules and regulations; when we refrain and desist from driving against the flow of traffic, we will not only be saving ourselves and loved ones from unnecessary tragedy and agony but also that of other resourceful and promising Nigerians that would have been cut down by acts of recklessness and uncivilized behaviours on the roads”.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Transportation, Professor Bamidele Badejo had informed that the road has provision for side walks and kerbstone to protect the shoulder of the road.
He added that there are also provisions for service ducts, signages and street lights to illuminate the road and the under bridges especially at night for the road which gulped a total of N53.5 million.
The Commissioner commended the management of Muson Centre for powering the street light such that light is guaranteed on the road at all times, in addition to landscaping and beautification of the surrounding already put in place by the Ministry of Environment.
In her goodwill message, a member of the Victoria Island Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA), Mrs Oye Williams commended the State Government for its efforts in assisting VIIRA to maintain the beautification of the area, expressing hope that more would still come.
Also speaking, a member of the board of Muson Centre, Mr Femi Williams saluted the foresight of the State Governor in coming up with the project and appealed for the provision of speed breakers to ensure the safety of patrons of MUSON who might want to cross into the premises at all times.