Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State says bus-stops sited close to markets would soon be relocated to eliminate gridlock in the state.
Ambode spoke with newsmen shortly after inspecting some traffic points in Lagos on Thursday. The governor inspected the Oworonshoki, Ketu, Agege-Pen Cinema, Abule-Egba, Ile-Epo, Iyana-Ipaja and Dopemu bus-stops.
The governor said that he had also given approval for a pedestrian bridge to be constructed at the Berger bus-stop, located on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“What we have done in the last three hours is to show that we are greatly concerned about the traffic gridlock that we have been experiencing in the last few months.
“It is not enough for us stay in the office and believe that we can create solutions to the traffic challenge that we have in the state. So, we decided that we are going to go round ourselves and see how we can improve on the traffic situation in Lagos.”
The governor said that he would also soon embark on an inspection tour to the Apapa and Mile 2 areas of the state in order to proffer solutions to the gridlock being experienced in the areas.
“The truth is that we must start to have solutions to our traffic challenges in the state and that’s what we are doing.”
Ambode said that he had given approval for the construction of a pedestrian bridge at the Berger bus-stop, located on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“We have seen that Berger needs a foot bridge and immediately the engineers are going to go to work; we must make sure that we put something there. We don’t want any traffic on that highway, so we are already thinking of additional solutions to allow vehicles to extend outside of the highway.
“That’s an engineering work and it’s already been considered. In addition to the footbridge that we will do, we will also make that road to be free at all times, because whatever happens there is a fall back on the 3rd Mainland. That was why we went to the Oworonshoki end of the 3rd Mainland.” he said.
Ambode, however, said that he would work with heads of agencies concerned about the traffic situation to seek solution to the traffic situation in the state.
Contributing, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Oluseyi Coker, also said that the governor had given directive to the ministry not to allow bus stops close to the markets.
Also speaking, Ayotunde Sodeinde, General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporations, said rehabilitation of bad spots on Lagos roads would begin on 22 July.