The Lekki-Epe Expressway will be finished on schedule, according to the Lagos State Government, which also advised drivers to abide by traffic regulations around the construction site.
In response to the complainant about the ongoing construction on the expressway, Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. (Mrs.) Aramide Adeyoye, made the statement on Thursday after visiting the Awoyaya Axis of the Epe Expressway with a number of stakeholders, including Craneburg Construction, Lekki Estate Resident Association (LERSA), and others (from Eleko to Abraham Adesanya).
Adeyoye noted during the inspection that as Lekki-Epe Expressway development picks up speed, a shift in passengers’ attitudes will go a long way toward bringing order to the road.
The Lagos State government, according to Adeyoye, is aware of the difficulties faced by commuters and residents, but it plans to duplicate the achievement made possible by the 18 kilometres of Phase I of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, from Eleko Junction to Epe, which is 95% finished, by completing one kilometer of the project’s 16 kilometres, Phase II, from Eleko Junction to Abraham Adesanya, each month.
“We want to reassure our citizens that the government of Lagos State is assiduously working at improving their lives. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has done a lot in the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people of Lagos State and our works are visible in all parts of the state. Phase I of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, which is from Eleko Junction to Epe, is almost 95 percent completed. We will soon start full work on Phase II of the project, which is from Eleko Junction to Abraham Adesanya,” she said.
In addition to applauding the development efforts of the governor’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration, the chairman of the Ibeju Lekki Local Council Development Area, Hon. Sesan Olowa, stated that the council is doing everything it can to assist the state government in easing the hardships faced by residents who commute along the corridor.
“We are very happy and the people of Ibeju Lekki will also support every effort in this direction. We are going to work closely with the contractor and the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to ensure that we manage whatever challenges that might occur during the construction,” he said.
As the project moves forward, Suleiman Bello, Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA), vowed to work with the state government to ensure coordinated traffic control on the Lekki/Epe Expressway Corridor.
However, Bello urged commuters on that axis to be patient and follow the established rules so that work could continue uninterrupted. He added that they are always on the ground to monitor and provide input to both citizens and the government.
“Our role is to ensure that we get the best value. The money they are spending on this project belongs to you and me. So, we must get the best value for all our residents and stakeholders. We must tell our residents and stakeholders to calm down when they are on this construction stretch because if we all behave ourselves when we get to this area, the road project will go very easily and seamlessly. We also have a responsibility to protect the people who are working on the construction site,” he said.
The Project Manager, Craneburg Construction said the Eleko to Epe Road construction is already done even before schedule and this current construction of Eleko back to Abraham Adesanya has started too.
He appealed to motorists for patience and to follow the traffic rules and diversions.
The reconstruction of the Lekki-Epe Expressway (Eleko to Epe T-Junction) which was started by the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is almost done and the 2nd Phase of the Project which is ‘Eleko Junction back to Abraham Adesanya’ has started and will be delivered too.