Lagosians, on Friday, have waved an exciting bye to the age-long vehicular gridlock in and around Agege as Governor Sanwo-Olu opened Pen Cinema Bridge and five roads that are expected to give motorists and commuters a better experience.
The National Leader of All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, inaugurated the projects, which he described as “needed catalyst” for the resuscitation of economic activities on the axis.
The construction of the 1.4-kilometre long flyover was recommended during the Lagos Economic Summit (Ehingbeti) under ex-Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration, as a strategic intervention to achieving significant traffic improvement in the densely populated area. The Akinwunmi Ambode administration created the right-of-way and set up the structural beams; Sanwo-Olu substantially completed civil works on the bridge.
The Governor described the delivery of the project as a “landmark progress” in his administration’s drive towards eliminating bottlenecks causing suffocating gridlocks to relieve residents of the stress associated with commuting.
The Governor said since road transportation remained crucial to economic growth and physical development, he believed the project would inject more life into socio-economic activities of people living and doing business in the area.
The APC National Leader, who described Sanwo-Olu as “a brilliant captain”, praised the collaboration between the executive and the legislative arms.
“This is a commendable achievement by Sanwo-Olu, who has further brought Lagos on the path of progress, given the economic resuscitation this infrastructure will bring to this axis and entire Lagos. May you continue to think and perform to demonstrate excellent results as you have done today,” he said.
Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, the Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who represents Agege in the Assembly, described Sanwo-Olu as “a proactive, wonderful performer”, who always accomplishes any project he promises.
The adjoining roads commissioned with the flyover are: Iju Road, Oba Ogunji Road, Agunbiade Road, Oke Koto Intersection and Iyana Ipaja link road.