(August 18, 2016) The Lagos State Government has announced plans to commence multi-faceted projects designed to improve the living standards and generate more revenue. These include a fly-over at the popular Pen Cinema junction, Agege, upgrade of some roads, deployment of CCTV Cameras and additional street lights for surveillance and crime prevention in the state.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde made this known at an inter ministerial news conference in Alausa, Ikeja.
Mr. Ayorinde disclosed that the multi-faceted projects would commence with the construction of the fly-over at Pen Cinema to facilitate easy human and vehicular movement.
The proposed Pen Cinema bridge is the third which the present administration in the state would be constructing after those in Abule-Egba and Ajah areas.
Mr. Ayorinde also stated that thirteen thousand Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras would be installed and that an additional 6,000 street lights and security sensors would be in place beginning from next month.
Mr. Ayorinde explained further that the state government was also set to decongest traffic along the Lekki-Epe Expressway through the removal of three roundabouts in Elegushi, Jakande and the VGC axis of the expressway.
The roundabouts according to him would be replaced with traffic lights, with dedicated turning lanes as well as additional lay-bys.
The Commissioner added that the state government would ensure proper monitoring of government infrastructure for optimum benefit, fast-track process of making business easy and improve government-citizen relationship.
Contributing, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ganiyu Johnson while explaining the scope of the Pen Cinema fly-over, said the project which would begin soon would be completed within two years.
Mr. Johnson said the seven-hundred metre long bridge would be constructed from Oba Ogunji via Ijaiye Road into Agunbiade street, with some junction improvement at Pen Cinema.
Also speaking the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi said the removal of the roundabouts on Lekki-Epe Expressway was to enhance free flow of traffic and would be completed in six months.
Prince Elegushi recalled that when the road was constructed, it accommodated about 30,000 vehicles daily but has now increased to over 50,000.
Speaking on the Smart City Project and the Integrated Land Administration Automation project, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Olufemi Odubiyi, said the project would promote a secondary mortgage market and facilitate investment in properties.
While speaking on the exploration of crude oil in the state, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, said with the development, the state government was set to access the thirteen percent derivation fund from the Federation account.
Mr. Oluwo urged the federal government to license more private sector participants in the oil and gas sector.