FG Releases Existing Jetties, Supports Removal Of Properties For Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge
Mar 13, 2009 - Efforts to resolve amicably various issues between the Federal Government and Lagos State yielded positive results on Friday as the Federal Government has agreed to release to the Lagos State Government its four existing and disused jetties in the State to boost the State Government’s plan for water transportation in the State.
The released jetties include those in Marina in Central Lagos, Ijora in the Apapa Local Government Area, Ajegunle in Ajeromi/Ifelodun Local Government Area and Oworonsoki in the Bariga Local Council Development Area of the State.
In a Joint Statement, Friday, the Standing Committee on Federal Government–Lagos State Relations, also announced that the Federal Government has no objection to the acquisition of the properties on the Lekki–Ikoyi Link Bridge Right of Way by the State Government in support of the Bridge being built to relieve congestion and traffic on the Lekki Highway and the Victoria Island regions.
The Statement, which named the properties to include No. 16 Ruxton Road and No 15, 38 and 40 Alexander Avenue, Ikoyi, however, said parties with established interests would be entitled to compensation.
The Statement, signed jointly by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmed and the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice , Mr. Olasupo Shasore (SAN) as co-Chairmen of the Committee said the Lagos State Government would assist the Federal Government in capturing the details of all Federal Government Estates derived from public acquisitions in order to enable the issuance of subsequent title to residents of Federal Government Estates in the State.
According to the Statement, the Old Broad Street Prison will be handed over to the Lagos State Government which, in turn, will assist the Federal Government in developing another prison facility in the long term.
Other recommendations of the Committee approved by the Federal Government include that it will work together with the Lagos State Government in the clearing of abandoned shipwrecks and vessels along the State’s waterways using the State Government to implement where necessary and that the Lagos State Government will undertake the repair of the expansion joints on the 3rd Axial Bridge (particularly at Alapere) which the Federal Government team found to be in urgent need of repairs.
According to the Statement, “Joint Sub-Committees on issues which are outstanding in ensuring smoother Federal Government – Lagos State Government Relations have also been established to propose solutions in the longer term”.
“Inter-Governmental relations and resolution of issues in pursuance of good governance and the public interest is an on-going process”, the Statement said adding that the FG-LASG Standing Committee, whose tenure is 12 months, will continue to work in earnest while looking forwards to future achievements.
The Joint Standing Committee on Federal Government–Lagos State Government Relations inaugurated on the directives of President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, has met on three occasions with substantial progress being made in the area of administrative and governmental harmony for the public good and interest.