Lagos plans flyover bridge at Pen Cinema

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Akinsanya, Johnson, Oluwo and Ayorinde
Akinsanya, Johnson, Oluwo and Ayorinde

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said that it will embark on the construction of a flyover at Pen Cinema in  Agege axis of the state.

Mr Ganiyu Johnson, the state’s Commissioner for Works, said this at a joint press conference with Mr Steve Ayorinde, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, and other commissioners in Ikeja.

Johnson said that the construction of the bridge would take between 18 to 24 months after due process might have been observed.

“The Pen-Cinema flyover has been a recurring decimal in this state to solve the gridlock there.

“This flyover will bring to three the number of flyovers undertaken by this government after the Abule-Egba and Ajah flyovers which are on course,” he said.

The commissioner said that the flyover would be constructed from Oba Ogunji via Ijaiye Road into Agunbiade.

He said that the bridge would be 700meters long with some junction improvement at PenCinema.

“We will expand Oba Ogunji Road and create barriers”, he added.

The project will also accommodate a generous walkway, similar to the Ikorodu Expressway and the bridge will have a free flow all the way to Agunbiade,’’ Johnson said.

Ayorinde said that the State Government has decided to deploy 13,000 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras  and security sensors for surveillance and crime prevention.

He said that with this, the government has declared its readiness to activate a multi-faceted project designed to improve living standards and revenue generation in the state.

Similarly, Mr Olufemi Odubiyi, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, said that the deployment of the cameras would start in September.

Odubiyi said that it would take between 16 to 18 months before the cameras could be evenly deployed across the state.

“There will be equitable distribution across the state and it will have a multiplier effect on business opportunities in the state as it continues to move toward a 24-hour economy.

The commissioner said that additional 6,000 street-lights would also be provided to support the state’s “Light Up” initiative.

“What the state is trying to achieve at the end of the day, is ensuring that e-government services are fully implemented so that citizens could enjoy the delivery of the objectives of the government, ‘’he said.

Also, Mr Anofiu Elegushi, the Special Adviser to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Transportation, said that the traffic on the Lekki-Epe expressway would be decongested through the removal of the three roundabouts.

Elegushi however said that the roundabouts would be replaced by traffic lights.

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