Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has called for reconciliation in the state through a walk among citizens to foster peace.
Ambode, who made the call at Lekki Toll Gate after inaugurating the official site for the toll gate, appealed to Nigerians to live in peace and integration irrespective of their religious, tribal and ethnic differences.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Habib Aruna, Ambode said: “I am not here alone, I am accompanied by my cabinet, people from every ethnic group and creed. We cannot afford to have the tags on our necks of country killing us, and the state loving the governor.
“The moment we start punishing each other, people will leave their homes, they will sleep somewhere, they will go to other places. We can leave that sort of thing, we must forget whatever happened in the past.
“We should all go together, walk together, be a family, a human being, somebody that will help others to get help. God calls us to be a family, not a family of conflict. I have pledged this, this area will not witness any religious, ethnic or tribal crisis and if we can start from here, this whole country will be benefiting.”
He said that the resolution for the formation of the toll gate is as a result of the enormous volume of traffic that has always thronging the route leading to the commercial city and the nearby Eni Faji, Abule Egba and the Ikoyi part of Lagos, resulting in congestion, pollution and the need for speed.
Governor Ambode said that the facility of the toll gate would afford free, direct access to Lekki where the population is enormous.
“As the governor of this state, I owe it a responsibility to the people of Lagos State to address issues of access to huge mass movements in the light of a reported 69% of population residing in this corridor. This land is inexhaustible, there is so much here.
“To our people in the Lekki axis, when the signal lights are to be installed, I would like to appreciate your support for the toll gate, because it is a product of collaborative efforts between all of us. The 1.3km road leading to the toll gate is a public private sector enterprise. A consortium of private enterprises, AGN Nigeria Limited was awarded the contract with the support of the Federal Ministry of Works & Housing for this to be built. This is the result of the support of Lagos State government.
“This is also a show of leadership by the Lagos State government, a show of understanding as well as economic prowess. All of these challenges are addressed under this project.”
He said that his administration would provide the roads, among other logistics to the contractor.
He noted that the project would be completed in January 2019 at the appropriate time.
The project was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Works & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, and Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris.
Council Chairman of Epe Local Government, Adekunle Taiwo, said the administration would be constructing 116km and the toll gate would serve as a geo-mapping project for rapid growth and development in the area.
He said the construction work of the Toll Gate would be completed by end of January 2019.
He added that the council would provide all logistics including the provision of the design and proposed air-conditioning system for the facility.
“The council will provide the design and proposed air-conditioning system for the facility,” he said.
The Majouka Road in Epe has also been handed over to the state government by Fashola while the Mile 12 Toll Gate opened by the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, was handed over to the state government by former Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola.
In his remarks, Fashola said: “the toll gate in Epe will be very useful as the road has numerous overpasses and bridges. This project is a multi-purpose project. As a mere legislative body, the Hon. Speaker and me are not required to execute the construction. But in many ways, it is more than one.”
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ade Akinsanya, said that the construction of the Lekki-Epe Expressway had reached advanced stages.
He added that the contracts on the Lekki-Epe Expressway were awarded to two contractors.
He said the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) had been commissioned to further regulate grading, removal of encumbrances