Fashola Inspects On Going Construction Of Falomo On-Ramp Bridge
…Says it demonstrates Government's commitment to consistently seek solutions
Mar 27, 2011 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Sunday inspected the construction of a new on-ramp Bridge designed to carry traffic travelling from Victoria Island to Ikoyi, westbound along Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue and the Northwards across Five Cowrie Creeks via Falomo Bridge, saying it demonstrates the commitment of the administration to continue to improvise and find solutions to day to day problems facing the city state.
The Governor who spoke after being taken round the ramp where work is ongoing and also partaking in pouring concrete on the bridge work through an automated process said the State Government has shown that despite the tediousness of the campaigns, it still finds time to work for the people.
"That is the least that Lagosians expect from us and we are also ready to meet their needs. For our opponents who try to play politics with this road, I think it is now time to use our votes to tell them to get out of our lives".
"This project also has a Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval and the Attorney General of the Federation's endorsement. It has a federal support agreement. They better go to Abuja and find out the true position. I think it is cheap and low to play politics with the lives of the people", the Governor added.
The Governor who said the new ramp is a travel time infrastructure that reduces travel time and breaks congestion while keeping more money in the pockets of the motorists by making their fuel last longer.
Governor Fashola noted that the area will never look the same again urged the media men covering the inspection to take good pictorial representations of the new ramp for young ones so that they can be shown that some people dared to try and make things better.
The Lagos State Governor explained that the new ramp is also part of the deliverables of the Lekki- Eti-Osa- Epe road which would help todecongest traffic especially at the intersection between Ozumba Mbadiwe and Adeyemo Alakija Street in Victoria Island.
Governor Fashola added that the structure is a 115metre ramp length that is about 12.9metres wide and standing on 5piers with each pier supported by four to six piles and drilled into about 43 metres beneath the point of the surface.
He informed that the casting will be completed latest by 10pm Sunday while in about two months time from now, the ramp should be ready for opening.
Earlier, the Governor had been taken the construction points of the ramp by the Managing Director of the Lekki Concession Company, Mr Opuiyo Ofori- Okuma who expressed the hope that he hopes in about two months time the Governor would be able to be the first to have his official convoy drive through the ramp.
The Governor was accompanied on the inspection by the First Lady, Dame Emmanuella Abimbola Fashola, former First First Lady and Action Congress of Nigeria Senatorial Candidate in Lagos Central, Chief Mrs Oluremi Tinubu and many other dignitaries.