June 2, 2023

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Lagos Govt. Says 4MB Is Not A Fleeting Illusion Being Pursued

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Lagos State Government says the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge, 4MB, which has a three to four years completion period is neither a mirage nor a white elephant project as the initiative would ensure a holistic solution to the perennial traffic gridlock and flooding issues in several communities in the State.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr Aramide Adeyoye, stated this at the 15th edition of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the proposed Lagos Fourth Mainland Bridge Project Stakeholders’ meeting over the weekend.

The Fourth Mainland Bridge Project Stakeholders’ meeting was organized for residents of Igbogbo Bayeiku, Agric Owutu, Ishawo, Tapa, Arepo, OPIC Estates, Isheri, and adjoining communities.

Royal fathers from all the communities were adequately represented at the 15th edition of the stakeholders’ meeting on the environmental impact assessment of the 4MB project, at the weekend.

Adeyoye, who was represented by the Project Director in the Ministry, Engr Tokunbo Ajanaku, thanked stakeholders from Lagos and Ogun States and explained that the Government was committed to the Lagos State Transportation Master Plan (LSTMP) and urged them to take ownership of the proposed project from the beginning to its completion.

According to Adeyoye, the project which consists of a 37 Kilometers road, with 16 different routes, will be carefully nurtured from conception to completion.

Responding to questions from stakeholders, Adeyoye highlighted the technical details of the alignment on the corridor and listed numerous benefits of the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge, stressing that it will allow access to inland areas, reduce travel time, and bring about immense socio-economic development to communities in and around Lagos State.

A cross-section of participants over the weekend, at the stakeholders’ meeting on EIA of the 4MB project

In his remarks, Afolabi Oladunni of Advance Engineering Consultants, one of the representatives of the Project Consultants, said the Fourth Mainland Bridge would be an international project, and best practices demand that the people are involved and carried along through a transparent process as they are ultimately the owners and end users of the facility.

Also in his comment, Architect Tola Johnson, another representative of the Project Consultants, said emerging issues of climate change had been taken care of and demolition of structures on the Right of Way for the Project would be reduced.

According to him, the project, which is expected to facilitate enormous economic development in the State, would also allow Government to implement the Lagos State Drainage Master Plan to ensure that people are not unnecessarily exposed to flooding

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