Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday commissioned the dualised Bisola Durosinmi Etti Road and new Hakeem Dickson Road in Lekki, Eti-Osa., saying it was gratifying to note that the financial outlook of the State is very positive.
The Governor commissioned the dualised Bisola Durosinmi Etti/Hakeem Dickson Road, Lekki in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos, saying that his administration only prioritized renewal and development of road infrastructure but utilised an all-inclusive approach that has touched both rural and urban areas in the State.
Represented by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, the Governor said his administration had given the axis the attention it deserved in terms of infrastructural development considering its proximity with the Lekki Free Trade Zone.
“Our passion and focus on this corridor was anchored on the reality that this axis is the new Lagos and Lekki Phase 1, in particular, is the gateway to the biggest free trade zone in the whole of West Africa”
“In deciding to upgrade Bisola Durosinmi Etti Drive and Dickson Road, we took cognizance of the need to create additional access to Lekki Phase 1 and improve the traffic along Lekki axis. This I believe will ultimately uplift and add value to the surrounding environment,” he said.
He said before the projects commenced, the roads were in bad shape as they were riddled with potholes which impeded the free flow of traffic, adding that it caused the residents a lot of stress with attendant effects on the many business outfits that operate within the area.
The Governor expressed appreciation to Lagosians for their prayers and support particularly in the discharge of their civic responsibility through the payment of taxes, while urging them to extend the same hand of cooperation to his successor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Lekki Phase 1 Residents Association (LERA), Mr. Kayode Otitoju who spoke on the projects, commended the Governor saying that the road has transformed the axis and upgraded their standard of living.
He recalled that it was also during the administration of Governor Ambode that the Freedom Way and Admiralty Way were constructed, adding that the projects were executed with high standard engineering reflecting, durable interlocking stone, good drainage street lights and other modern road infrastructure.
“We all knew how the two roads were before now and can see the positive change, which would now be used to manage the corresponding increase in human activities, especially, the high volume of human and vehicular traffic, including commercial activities.
“We are grateful for all you have done for us in this community especially the location of the LRU within Lekki to respond to emergencies and the periodic cleaning of shanties by the Lagos State Government Special Task Force on Environment. The evacuation and rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents by the Ministry of Youth and Social Development cannot go unmentioned.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees; the Executives and all the residents of Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1, I say thank you and farewell to you, our indefatigable Governor Akinwunmi Ambode,” Otitoju said.