Lagosians got another gift from Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Wednesday inaugurated the Abule-Egba and Ajah bridges.
He named the two new bridges at the Eastern and Western axis of the state, Jubilee Bridges.
The two bridges which took more than twelve months to complete is a new innovation by the state to ease the traffic gridlock .
Inaugurating the bridge, Ambode said: “In our quest to build a globally-competitive city-state, one strategic emphasis of our administration has been to improve the connectivity in the state. As a result, we embarked on deliberate actions to create innovative solutions to this challenge. Our government has sought to improve connectivity through construction of bridges, laybys and upgrading of strategic inner roads.
“We had to give this project priority because of its strategic importance to the economic growth of the Lekki Free Trade Zone and the Ibeju-Lekki-Epe axis. This axis will play a key role in the future prosperity of Lagos State as the home to many multi-billion Naira private investments in the Lekki Free Trade Zone as well as the upcoming seaport and airport.
“For Abule-Egba, this is a strategic route for commercial and social activities and has always experienced heavy traffic gridlock. Our administration decided to redesign the traffic flow chart of the axis to ensure better connectivity between Lagos and Ogun States.
“It is our belief that this bridge will improve commercial activities and promote inter-state trade. This will in turn create employment and wealth for people in this area. In addition, we have commenced the construction of a new BRT road network to Oshodi as another step of making life more meaningful to all of you.”
Governor Ambode who promised a shopping mall in the Abule-Egba axis commended residents of Abule-Egba and environs as well as commuters for the huge support and understanding during the period of pre-construction and construction despite the hardship and inconveniences that this project must have caused them.