Lagos mobilises contractor for Egan-Ayobo link bridge

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Lagos State government is to construct a link bridge to connect Ayobo and Egan-Igando, in Alimosho area, in what is expected to shorten travel time, improve living condition of residents and boost the economy of communities in that axis.

The state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, whose four-year tenure terminates on May 29, while performing the groundbreaking for the bridge project, Wednesday, said the contractor had been mobilised and that the incoming administration of Babajide Sanwo-Olu will complete the project.

“I believe strongly that our state is on a positive growth trajectory and I urge you to give the next administration the same unflinching support you gave us as we work together in transforming our State to the “Lagos of our dreams,” Ambode said, adding that the bridge project was in continuation of government’s effort to close the huge infrastructure gap of the state.

Lagos, Nigeria’s economic and financial hub, is estimated to have an infrastructure deficit of over $50 billion. The state currently generates a monthly internal revenue of about N35 billion + federal transfers averaging over N10 billion.

Ambode, who also handed over newly constructed Agric Access road in Egan and a 500-seater capacity art theatre in Igando, said his administration never shied away from the infrastructural challenge. He said the new road fulfilled an earlier promised to run a government of inclusion that would leave no community behind.

“When our administration came into office, one of our cardinal promises was a government of inclusion. We committed to a government where nobody, community or people will be left behind. As a result we were determined to address the challenges of gross infrastructural deficit, flooding and erosion which the people around this senatorial district have lived with for some time now.

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How businesses, residents pay price for Lagos’ bad roads 

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For almost two days (Monday to Tuesday), vehicular movement along Oke Afa-Isolo road in Ejigbo area of Lagos State was at a standstill, as a fuel tanker coming from the NNPC Ejigbo depot, upturned near the Oke-Afa Bridge.
The tanker, marked LSD 663 XB, was said to have been ascending the bridge when it fell at the bad portion of the road inward Pako Bus Stop at about 5:14pm on Monday, April 13.
Traffic flow abruptly came to a halt, as firefighters reportedly arrived the scene, while the content of the fell tanker was being trans-loaded into another tanker, forcing commuters and motorists to stay still till late in the night on the road.
The incident is one of several such recorded in Lagos, in the last one year, as a result of deplorable conditions of many of the city’s major and inner roads. 
A couple of months ago, precisely October 2018, a similar incident occurred at Barracks Bus Stop, on the abandoned Lagos-Badagry Expressway. A loaded fuel tanker upturned while maneuvering through one of the worst portions of the expressway, and spilled its content, before exploding into flames. When the fire and hullabaloo that followed finally settled, two lives, seven private cars, including the fuel tanker had been consumed. A fully loaded tanker carries 33,000 liters of fuel and mostly paid for at depot at the price of N117 per litre.
The losses in human and material resources had to be recorded before the government, few days after, attempted to fill the collapsed portion that had been left unattended for several months, with dire traffic consequences on the Lagos-Badagry road. 
The latest incident on Monday and Tuesday followed a similar pattern. The Oke Afa-Isolo road, linking Jakande Estate gate and Ejigbo LCDA secretariat, had Read More...

Lagos Assembly Passes Public Procurement Amendment bill 2018

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The Lagos State House of Assembly, Thursday passed the Public Procurement Amendment Bill 2018 into law.

In the new public procurement law, there will be an increment in the initial deposit to contractors from 20 percent to 40 percent and also include the use of indigenous language in carrying out procurement processes to encourage local contractors.

The new law will also foster independence and transparency in the operations of the board for the benefit of Lagos residents.

During the debate of the bill last year, the lawmakers argued that the review would enhance performance and delivery of standard work by contractors.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Management and Protection (Amendment) bill was read for second time.

The bill which was co-sponsored by Muyiwa Jimoh ( Apapa 2), Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1), Mojisola Lasbat Meranda (Apapa 1), and Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) was to allow for more participation in the business of evacuating refuse in the state.

The Chairman House Committee on Environment, Saka Fafunmi, informed the House that the bill was needed to address the challenges faced by the existing law, adding that the committee had decided to look at every sections of the law that need amendment.

Fafunmi stressed that the committee tends to use the amendment to return Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to how it was before now, adding that it would further expand the scope of waste management in the State.

He further stressed that the amendment would allow LAWMA to take charge of the management of solid wastes across the state.

“This amendment would also give room for PSP participation in waste management. It will not be only one concessionaire that would be in charge of waste management but more people would be able to get involved,” he noted.

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