Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has won a major victory in respect of the reconstruction of Airport Road, Ikeja as Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has given him the go-ahead for the repair.
The issue of repair of Airport Road and the Old Presidential Lodge, State House Marina had pitted Ambode against his predecessor in office, now Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Ambode had said the state had earmarked money for the repair in the 2017 budget but Fashola had been allegedly blocking the plan, a claim the Minister flatly rejected, saying the Federal Executive Council had not given the final approval.
However, a statement issued on Wednesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the Federal Government had granted the state the permission to start work on the road.
The governor commended the Acting President for “his statesman-like approach” to issues and for fast-tracking the process of the road reconstruction.
“We are very appreciative of the good gesture of the acting president for acceding to our request which is not only very timely but a very heartwarming one. Posterity will never forget this genuine developmental action,” the governor said.
He described the approval as “a 50th birthday gift” to the people of the state.
“It is a further demonstration of the determination of the present administration to ensure the effectiveness of the executive order on improving the ease of doing business recently signed by the acting president,” he added.
Ambode commended Osinbajo for providing the enabling environment to attract foreign direct investment into the nation.
He said upgrading of the road “which is the gateway to the nation’s commercial nerve centre,” will attract new investments into the country.