The Lagos State House of Assembly has said it will finance the completion of the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge project by the state government.
The Chairman House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, representing Epe I, Mr. Abiodun Tobun, made the statement on Wednesday in an interview with journalists
It was reported that the Fourth Mainland Bridge is a proposed 38 kilometers extended bridge to unite Lagos Island by way of Lekki, Langbasa and Baiyeku Towns, across Lagoon to Itamaga, in Ikorodu.
Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye, disclosed that the state government had cleared bids for prospective 39 firms that expressed interest in the construction of the bridge.
She explained that the committee would enormously help the project in terms of funds to ensure it further ease gridlock in the state.
The committee chairman said it was a possible project that would be achieved in the state.
“The Fourth Mainland Bridge is a feasible project and it will be financed through a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) project where conglomerate will be invited to come and build it.
“The Fourth Mainland Bridge is still at the bidding stage, it has not been awarded.
“When the project is awarded then, the contractor will give us the work plan and schedule,’’ he said.
Tobin also said the state government was aiming at the construction of another bridge through Ajah to Lucky Fibre in Ikorodu.
According to him, the move was to ensure that motorists coming from Ikorodu need not come to Ketu, they could easily go through Lucky Fibre and redistribute to their routes.
Tobin said for motorists going to Epe, they could go straight and for those going to Itoki, they could go through those paths instead of going through Ibeju Lekki.
The legislator said with time, the BRT would be broadened to the Epe axis, while the state government would be glancing for ways to capitalize on water transportation in the area.
Tobin said that the state government could not do it alone because it had realized that it could only work on taxpayers’ money.
He said there were individuals, companies or conglomerate that have the financial stability to deliver the project on time to the admiration of the populace.
Tobin said that the state government also needs to rectify the toll gate charges so it could be reasonable to pay and be spread over the years for them to recover their money.
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