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FG, Lagos govt. assure 4th Mainland Bridge’ll meet int’l standard

Ayodele Olalere

The Federal and Lagos State governments have assured residents of ensuring the about to be commenced construction of 4th Mainland Bridge would meet International standard and be environmental-friendly.

The assurance was given, on Tuesday, at the maiden stakeholders meeting on environmental and social impact assessment for the bridge, held at Adeyemi Bero auditorium, in Alausa, Ikeja, the state capital.

While speaking, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola and the Minister of State for Environment, Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, called for cooperation and support of the residents to make the project a reality.

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According to the governor, “It is instructive to note that the commencement of the project will be another undeniably flagship project of this administration.

“We must, therefore, use this stakeholders’ meeting to consult amongst ourselves as we take steps to remove all the bottlenecks that may impede the delivery of the Fourth Mainland Bridge.

“All the components of Lagos mobility must be considered: road planning, public transport integration and urban freight; strengthening the current radial commuting connections towards Lagos urban core and the establishment of transversal connections that will serve both long distance traffic (avoiding the metropolitan traffic) and also other connections within the megacity, which are not Lagos-bound.”

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Fashola, who was represented by a Director in the ministry, Dr. Adetunji Adeoye, emphasised the importance of the bridge to socio-economic development of the state.

He said all factors that could negatively affect the construction of the bridge had been considered and taken care.

Mrs. Ikeazor, who was also represented by a ministry’s official, Oluwatoyin Agbenla, said the review of the environmental impact of the project was among precautionary measures to ensure that the project is safe for all.