Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday inspected the site of the ongoing construction of the Pen Cinema Flyover, assuring that the project will be delivered in the next 10 months.
Governor Ambode, accompanied by key members of his cabinet, said the 1.4km Flyover which will run from Agege down to the Abeokuta Expressway, will be a key intervention strategy by his administration to address the perennial traffic often associated with the area.
Addressing scores of residents who thronged out to catch a glimpse of him, Governor Ambode said though the project might bring about some inconveniences, he assured them that the end result will change the face of Agege forever.
“I greet all the people in Agege community. This year will be a prosperous year for all of you. You know, I’ve always wanted to do something in this community, I want to reduce the sufferings that arise from the traffic congestion in this neighbourhood, so I have decided to do the Pen Cinema Flyover starting from the beginning of this road by Total and then run straight for one kilometre down and then an additional 400metres, totalling 1.4km to decongest this neighbourhood up to the Abeokuta Expressway.
“But you can see that I have inconvenienced you by the demolition that has taken place here. It is temporal. In the next 10 months by the grace of God, we will deliver this project by November 2018,” he said.
Appealing to residents and community leaders to cooperate with the contractor ahead of the planned closure of some parts of the road from Thursday, January 4, Governor Ambode assured residents whose properties were demolished to give way for the project would be adequately compensated.
“They are going to work day and night. But why am I here? First to appeal to you for those that we have demolished their properties, we will compensate you fully. Secondly, starting from Thursday, January 4, there would be partial closure of some of the roads here, so we have provided alternative routes where your vehicles will be passing. So, we would do this month by month, so that the area that we have finished, we would come back to the main road and Agege would never be the same again.
“We are bringing prosperity to your doorstep and I have come to appeal to everybody, community leaders, all our school children that you should not worry, it has come with a little pain, but by the time we come back at the end of the year, Agege will look like Victoria Island and Ajah. Everywhere we go, we know there is economic prosperity around that neighbourhood, so my coming here is to plead with you to bear with us and cooperate with us,” the Governor said.
While noting that the contractor will work day and night to deliver the project on schedule, the Governor said he would visit the site of the construction regularly to ensure the project is completed on time.
Earlier, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Ade Akinsanya, while giving a brief of the project said on completion, it will permanently address the gridlock in the Agege axis.
Akinsanya said the planned restriction of movement will enable the contractor take full advantage of the weather and space to deliver seamlessly the critical aspect of the flyover construction that falls within the Pen Cinema roundabout and railway crossing at Old Abeokuta Road junction.
Governor Ambode also inspected the ongoing construction of the Oshodi Transport Interchange which is expected to be delivered by July 2018.
The project, on completion, will create a world class central business district with focus on transportation, security, environment and urban renewal.
The interchange has three-multi-storey bus terminals with waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, drivers lounge, parking areas, conveniences, surveillance tower and CCTV gadgets.
Other features include accessible walkways, pedestrian bridges/sky-walks to link the three terminals, shopping malls with street lighting and a dedicated security team on ground.
Ekiti poll: How FG moved N18bn cash through Akure Airport – PDP
The campaign organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation (KOCO), on Thursday alleged that the Federal Government has moved N18 billion cash with bullion vans into Ekiti State through Akure airport with the purpose of allegedly inducing the electorate with the money during Saturday’s poll.
Director, Media and Publicity of KOCO, Lere Olayinka, who spoke to newsmen on behalf of the party, said: “We called you here to intimate the public through your various media organisations of the movement of huge cash by the federal government to Ekiti State for the Saturday election.
“Last week Saturday, two bullion vehicles were moved to the Akure Airport to evacuate cash brought from Abuja by a chartered flight.
“The flight landed when it was raining and all staff of the airport were barred from going near the aircraft while the cash was evacuated into the two bullion vehicles.
“After offloading the huge cash, the bullion van first moved to the Ondo State Government House in Akure from where they left for Isan Ekiti, the hometown of the APC governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi.
“We present to you and the entire world, video and photographs of the chattered aircraft as the cash was being offloaded from it into the two bullion vehicles.
“From our preliminary findings, N2.5 billion cash was transferred by the Kebbi State Government to an account in UBA, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja. It was withdrawn immediately and moved with a private jet to Akure.
“Also, apart from the N2.5 billion, another $50 million (about N18bn) was taken from the $321 million recovered from the late Abacha family.
“Our question is, how can a government that claimed to be fighting corruption be releasing billions of Naira from the public coffers for the governorship election of a single State? Where is their fight against corruption?
“We, therefore, call on Nigerians to note this wanton looting of public funds by the APC government to fund the election of its members.
“We must tell Fayemi and his APC that the conscience of the people of Ekiti cannot be purchased and we call on the people of Ekiti to resist the planned use of stolen funds to buy their votes on Saturday.
“Lastly, let me use this opportunity also to alert the public of the intimidation and harassment of PDP members by men of the DSS and policemen.
“Already, Akin Fakorede, an officer of the Federal SARS has been posted to Ekiti State, ostensibly to play the same ignoble role that he played during the Rivers State election.
“Let me say it clearly that no amount of intimidation will scare our people away from the polling units where they will vote for the PDP on Saturday.
“We have the people behind us and they are more than ready to give our candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka their votes on Saturday, ” he said.
BREAKING: PDP storms National Assembly in protest over Ekiti
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu addressing PDP member during the protest at National Assembly, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by its chairman, Prince Uche Secondus stormed the entrance of the National Assembly to register their dissatisfaction over the intimidation of Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose ahead of July 14 governorship election on July 12, 2018.
Fayose had claimed that Security operatives molested him at the Ekiti government House on Wednesday.
The protesters who were welcomed by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu condemned molestation of Governor Fayose in Ekiti State.
Speaking before the Deputy Senate President, Secondus called on international community to look at what is happening in Ekiti because it is a threat to the nation’s democracy.
He appealed to leadership of the National Assembly to intervene on the happening in Ekiti state.