Lagos flags off reconstruction of Oshodi-International Airport road


The Lagos State Government on Monday flagged off the reconstruction of a 10-lane Oshodi-International Airport Road, with a pledge to complete the project within the next 15 months.

The state Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Adebowale Akinsanya, said at the ceremony that the project was in line with the state government’s commitment to transform the entire axis.

Mr. Akinsanya said that the state government took it upon itself to undertake the reconstruction of the road, being one of the busiest roads in the state with vehicular volumes average of 50,000 vehicles daily.

According to him, the poor state of the road is not acceptable for the status of the state as the fifth largest economy in Africa and the nation’s commercial hub.

Mr. Akinsanya said some of the fences along the corridor had been identified to be within the right of way, adding that government would minimise the impact of the project on property owners.

“To fast-track the project, three groups of workers will work on the project and they will work day and night, while upon completion, the project will be linked to the Oworonshoki Reclamation Project, which is also ongoing,” he said.

The commissioner said that a stakeholders’ meeting would hold on Thursday to sensitise people of the area about the project.

He urged the residents and motorists to cooperate with the state government while the construction would last, saying that the intention was to transform the area.

“There will be some minor inconveniences, but we are going to mitigate the impact. The work will be accelerated.

“The project is to make life easier for everybody. We just want to appeal to people to cooperate with us.

“We will be here to talk to the people in case of any issue, and we are also working with our partner, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN),” Mr. Akinsanya said.

Also, Biodun Otunola, the Managing Director of Planet Projects, the firm that designed the project, said that prior to the commencement of the construction, adequate feasibility studies were carried out.

Mr. Otunola said that the project, upon completion, would facilitate total transformation of Oshodi and International Airport corridor.

The managing director said that in as much as there would not be alternative roads created specifically for the project, adequate measures had been put in place to educate the public on the staging that would be developed.

He said that the project would be executed in phases, while motorists would make use of other sections of the road during construction work on a particular section.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the project designs include reconstruction and expansion of the existing carriage to a three-lane expressway on both directions, construction of two-lane service roads in both directions.

There is the construction of a Ramp Bridge to provide a U-turn from Ajao Estate to Airport, construction of a flyover at NAHCO/Toll Gate and drainage works.

Others include the removal of existing Pedestrian Bridge at Ajao Estate and construction of Pedestrian Bridges at Ajao Estate and NAHCO/Hajj Camp, construction of Slip Road to provide access to Ajao Estate, construction of Lay-bys and installation of street lights.


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  • Frank Bassey

    So, it is not FG constructing the road with Raji Fashola as Works Minister? He lampooned GEJ for not building the road when he (Fashola) was Lagos Governor. What has happened now? Fashola is one of the most incompetent Ministers in this administration. It is good he was given the portfolio of Power, Works & Housing so that he will put on a web of shame three-fold.

    • tunde008

      Keep quiet.This is APC government.Lagos state and federal government are both APC

      • Frank Bassey

        Wrong. It is Lagos State Government, using Lagos State tax payers’ money rehabilitate Federal Road. Why has Lagos not rehabilitated the Lagos Sea Ports, MMI Airport, LUTH, Unilag? What nonsense are you talking about? Recall that Fashola and Ambode were at loggers-head over this matter. This government really exposed Fashola as an over-rated biggot.

        • jide

          i think the federal government gave ambode a “go ahead” to construct the road, i can remember ambode once complaining about goverment not releasing a road for him to construct but i don’t now if it was this road.

          • Frank Bassey

            This was the road. Ambode said, “construct or hand-over”. Fashola took exception to the position of LASG., which frowned at FG’s inability to perform. Under pressure, Fashola conceded.

  • Omooba

    Whatever effort being made is mere palliative. With the status of MMIA as number one airport serving 180million Nigerians and international visitors, there is need for a light rail connectivity as obtainable in advanced countries. It’s a big shame we don’t get things right in this country. Take the case of human traffic of touts and the jobless milling around the airport constituting insecurity. What about the malams hawking forex?
    There must be a radical and absolute change.