Sanwo-Olu flags-off 1.8km Victoria Island-Oniru road network

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu Wednesday flagged off the upgrading of 1.8km Victoria Island-Oniru road meant to ease traffic at that axis.

The project which was conceived and conceptualised four months ago by Planet Projects at the instance of Access Bank Plc, the major partner is being executed through Public Infrastructure Improvement Partnership (PIIP) arrangement.

The project which is expected to be completed in six months is expected to ease traffic linkage and improve travel time around the highly commercial axis of Victoria Island where traffic congestion is reducing productivity and discourages growth of businesses.

Flagging off the project, Sanwo-Olu said the partnership was another "deliberate action" to solve traffic congestion and relieve Lagos residents of pain.

"This flag-off is another milestone we have achieved through partnership with the private sector to deliver projects that will directly impact lives.

"We came to this area about 4 months ago at a presentation at Four Points and we told our partners that immediately the rain subsides, we would come back and start with the development of the Oniru into Victoria Island from Lekki.

"I'm happy that within the short time frame, a lot of work has been done. We are here being the 4th of December, and, with the stoppage of the rains, work can now start immediately.

"For me, my colleagues and our partners, it is a strong point that we deliver on our commitments. I want to assure you that we will deliver all the commitments we've made. So, I'm happy that we can tell everybody in this corridor that we are back here. Work will start in earnest."

Sanwo-Olu stated that the flag off of the project is a validation of his administration's commitment to regenerate, upgrade and develop the entire Victoria Island and Oniru axis. He appealed to the residents to cooperate with the contractors, saying the project construction might come with some pains but assured that the citizens would reap the full benefits of it in a matter of months.

He also praised Access Bank for supporting the government to regenerate the Oniru-Victoria Island-Lekki circulation and bringing good traffic modulation and flow to the axis.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works, Mrs Aramide Adeoye, in her opening remarks, said the project is significant in a number of ways because it involves private sector participation, stressing that the private sector is seen as a critical partner in the growth and development of the economy Lagos State.

Adding that the private sector, which controls about eighty percent of the State's Gross Domestic product, is crucial in the government's drive to bridging the infrastructure gap and to also build the smart city of our dream.

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Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Hubert Wigwe, said the financial institution entered into the partnership to promote socio-economic growth of the State and enhance residents' productivity.

Wigwe, who was represented by the Executive Director, Mr. Victor Etoko, said the Bank remained committed to help Lagos Government delivering infrastructure that will be economically sustainable.

Giving details of the construction work, Planet Projects Managing Director, Mr. Biodun Otunola, said the project would lead to the construction of Alaba Oniru Road, Akingbolagbe Road to Muri Okunola Roundabout. He added there would be regeneration of seven junctions prone to traffic on the axis.

Okunola estimated the total length of the construction work to be 1.8 kilometres, stressing that the construction would be purely concrete to ensure durability. He added that the materials to be used would be sourced locally.

He listed road improvement, junction improvement work, traffic system management measures and classification of roads as 1-way street as part of the proposed solutions in the project.

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