Traders, Residents of Pen Cinema Urge Ambode To Complete Agege Flyover
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Traders, Residents of Pen Cinema Urge Ambode To Complete Agege Flyover

Dipo Awojobi




Residents and traders in Agege area of Lagos state have urged the state government to complete the flyover being constructed its currently constructing in the area.

Some residents who spoke to PoliticsNGR wondered why the state government abandoned such a project, which they said was being looked forward to when it started late 2017.

According to them, the present situation of the bridge has made life difficult in the area. The flyover stretches from Oba Ogunji Road, Pen Cinema to Oke-Koto area. A resident of Agege, who simply gave his name as Mr. Tony told our correspondent that the current state of the bridge is nothing to ‘write home about’, adding that the state government ought to resume construction of the bridge now that politics is over.

“We knew that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode stopped work on the project late last year to face the issue of primaries and general elections. Now that elections are over, we expect him to continue work on the project so that it would be his legacy when he leaves office.”

“We were happy when the project started, but now that has turned to regret despite the fact that the state government had to demolish some structures to pave way for the project,” he said.

Also reacting, a trader in the area, Mrs. Oluwakemi Ajayi appealed to the state government to speed up work on the bridge. She added that the traders and residents of Pen Cinema to Oke Koto area of Agege have suffered a lot since the project started due to the traffic issues and ‘noise’.

She called on Ambode to mobilise the contractors back to site so that the incoming Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu would complete it in record time. Also speaking, a motorist, Mr. Michael Ajoba said that the project had taken too much time and that it was not treated like other projects the outgoing governor embarked upon in the state.

Ajoba gave an instance of the Abule Egba flyover, the transformation of Berger Bus Stop, bus stops that were constructed across the state and many other projects, which he said Governor Ambode completed in record time.

He added that the state Ministry of Works and other agencies in charge of the project should resume work on the project in order to make life easy for the people of the area while stressing that such a project shouldn’t have been abandoned.

When asked to give reasons why the project was halted, a senior staff in the state Ministry of Works, who pleaded anonymity, said that the project was not abandoned.

He said that it was because of budgetary allocations and that the 2019 budget was yet to be approved by the state government.

According to him, funds for projects are not usually released at once and that contractors had exhausted allocation for the year 2018 and that they had to be mobilised before they could resume work.

He disclosed that the bridge is one of the biggest in the state and that it was specifically designed to reduce traffic jams.

It will be recalled that Governor Ambode had promised to deliver the Agege Flyover, which is being constructed by Hytec Construction Company, by December 2018.

Born on 28 July 1970 in Ebute-Metta, Lagos, Oladipupo Awojobi is a graduate of Mass Communication from Ogun State Polytechnic, now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta. He was formerly a correspondent for Thisday Newspaper and Frontline magazine. He currently covers proceedings in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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