Can Ambode Complete Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT lane Before May 29?
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Can Ambode Complete Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT lane Before May 29?

Damilola Adeyera



Akinwunmi Ambode

Like time, the 2019 general elections have come and gone. Some Politicians have taken to their place of worship to testify over
their win at the polls, others are counting their loss while screaming foul play.

In all this, Life goes on.

In two months time, May 29 to be precise, a new government would be inaugurated in states like Lagos, Ogun, Imo amongst
other bringing an end to the tenure of the present administration.

Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos was sworn into office on the 29th of May 2015. Ambode during his inauguration
as the 14th governor promised to “to sustain the progressive and radical transformation on-going in the state,” saying “we
have to redouble our efforts on all fronts for our commitment to excellence. While we must be creative and innovative; we
are not citizens until we become responsible taxpayers.”

“Four years after, although the Governor had enjoyed some level of progress his administration, however, some projects, which the governor embarked upon, might be his Achilles heel if he fails to complete them.”

One of such projects is the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT lane that was embarked upon with the vision to ease the transportation
of residents. Speaking with members of the press in 2017, when the project was to begin, the Managing Director, LAMATA, Mr Abiodun Dabiri, said “The BRT system will on completion improve travel time, reduce congestion along the corridor, reduce tailpipe emission and ultimately Green House Gas effect, create employment and restore family values, among other socio-
economic and environmental benefits.”

However, two years after, the road is yet to be completed. Day in day out, residents within the area still live with the problems the
uncompleted project has blessed them with.

Speaking with PoliticsNGR, Seun, a resident who lives in Iyana Ipaja and works in Ikeja says, “Apart from the stress the
construction is causing. Some commercial bus always park by the roadside and there are no LASTMA officials to direct the flow
of traffic. All these add up to the problem the construction has caused.”

It will be recalled that Ambode visited the construction site in January 2019 where he inspected and assessed the level of work done. At the inspection, he disclosed that the project is to be completed in April.

April is just 12 days away but from all indications, the road does not seem ready for the April date not to talk of May. A visit to the corridors by PoliticsNGR shows that most of the pedestrian bridge on the corridors have no roofing or covering. Also, the roads are yet to completely constructed as some parts like Bolade Market, Oshodi, Dopemu still have some corrections that need to be made.

PoliticsNGR hopes that the Government of Ambode would fulfil this promise to the good people of Lagos. Let us know your
thoughts in the comment section below. Do you think the government can deliver on its promise before May 29?

Adeyera Damilola Samuel is a Nigerian journalist who has spent years reporting news from a precise and engaging angle. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University and has worked with the Prestigious Sahara Reporters Media Group.

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