Lagos State Government had its first stakeholders meeting on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in a bid to construct the 4th Mainland Bridge. During the event, a logo was also launched for the bridge project.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, described the event as a significant one. He noted that it would be a joint effort to change the narrative of the socio-economic development of the State. Hence, it will happen through the provision of critical infrastructure for sustainable prosperity.
The Governor emphasised that the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge has been well integrated into the overall Lagos Master Plan. Meanwhile, It is in relation to transportation infrastructure, adding that the project allows for the first time, direct access from the large suburb of Ikorodu. Also, it has access to the Island and the Lekki Free Trade Zone area.
It was disclosed that the State government reactivated the construction of the bridge in October 2019. Meanwhile, it was with the development of a six-step process that will lead to the selection of a suitable concessionaire in line with global best practices.
He emphasised that the stakeholder meeting was a precursor to the third step, which will involve issuing a “Request for Proposal”. Also, it would lead to the six consortia for the presentation of their respective financial proposals and methodologies for carrying out the project.
According to him, “The stakeholders’ meeting took place to open the project to further inputs, comments, ideas and observations. This is to incorporate into the ongoing social and environmental impact assessment. We hope the meeting would boost the acceptability and implementation ratings of the 4th Mainland Bridge in line with global best practices”.
Present there was the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye. He stated that the meeting was another bold step by the present administration. It would be towards ensuring the buy-in of Lagosians into the government project. Also, to fulfill the promise of Mr. Governor to adopt inclusiveness as a tool for governance.
She explained that as the primary coordinator for the project, the Ministry has arranged a number of meetings with the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the State to inform all stakeholders and foster progress on the project.
Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, represented by Dr. Adetunji Adeoye, commended Lagos for the plans to construct the Fourth Mainland Bridge. He added that the construction will create a lot of activities and job opportunities for residents.
He, therefore, assured the people and government of Lagos State of his unalloyed support towards the construction of the bridge.
The Fourth Mainland Bridge is a 37.4km freeway which is subdivided into three sections. They are Island Section, Lagoon Section and Mainland Section. It will commence from Abraham Adesanya Roundabout in Lekki through Ajah and Langbasa areas, crossing the Ado Badore Road before arriving at the Lagoon shoreline.
The road crosses the Lagoon via a 4.5km Lagoon Bridge landing between Bayeku and Ijede villages. It would pass through the Ikorodu-Epe expressway to further link Isawo Road and from there to Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.