Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has assured residents that the State Government will not collect any toll at the completed second Toll point on the Lekki- Epe Expressway. The Governor who spoke at an interactive session with journalists at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja, said more importantly, his concern is about ensuring the road is completed. “We must start thinking of the future concerning that road. We said we will have an International Airport in Epe and an Export Processing Zone in Lekki and a Deep Seaport also in Lekki. What does that mean for that road? “When you take your freight from the Deep Seaport and the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) are we going to make them to start passing through that same road.
So what is the future? We missed something between Oshodi and Murtala Mohammed International Airport; there is no fast track rail that can take goods straight to the Airport. Should we also miss that here? Those are the issues that we are looking at”. “Should we not start thinking about how we would improve and create a 10-lane road between Ikorodu, Itoikin, Epe and Ijebu Ode so that people can go out from there? So those are some of the things that we are looking at.
There is no point constructing the road, paying tolls and in five years time, the road is gone”, Governor said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna. On the Lagos-Badagry Expressway which is being expanded into a 10-lane road, the Governor said once the road is completed, the neighbourhood and the axis would be opened up as a business hub for the whole sub region.
He said his administration will make careful efforts to grow the tourism potentials of the state noting that a summit will be conveyed with stakeholders in the sector to explore the potentials that abound in the state. The Governor said as a way of tackling the housing deficit, the state is considering adopting the Rent-To-Own Policy which would be a follow up to the Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme which was about owning homes through mortgage after 30 percent initial payment. “We would set up an Office of Overseas Affairs directly under the Governor’s Office. We want to take advantage of our position to improve on commerce and on trade and we will increase the GDP of Lagos and will create more jobs”, he said.