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Sanwo-Olu, Abiru advocate expansion of 34-Km Ikorodu-Itokin road

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Adetokunbo Abiru, have appealed to the Federal Government to expand and dualise the 34-Km Ikorodu Itokin road.

They said that dualising the road will further reduce travel time and boost the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).

Sanwo-Olu and Abiru made the appeal during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, in Abuja, to thank the Federal Government for ongoing rehabilitation works on the Ikorodu- Itokin road in Lagos.

During the visit, Sanwo-Olu and Abiru, in a statement released by the Media Aide to the lawmaker, Enitan Olukotun, yesterday, explained that the over 40 years old road, which is currently a single carriage way, required urgent expansion to address the demands by motorists.

Responding, the minister assured that design for the dualization will begin soon, while the reconstruction continues.

The road was constructed in 1975 by Messr. Taylor Woodrow, under the regime of General Yakubu Gowon and General Mobolaji Johnson.

It will be recalled that in April 2021, Abiru moved a motion on the floor of the Nigerian Senate on, “The Urgent Need For The Rehabilitation Of The Ikorodu-Sagamu And Ikorodu-Itoikin- Epe Roads To Further Bridge The Infrastructure Gap And Enhance Economic Growth In Nigeria”.

Abiru convinced the Senate by highlighting the importance of the two roads to the nation’s economic growth as they serve as access points from other parts of the country: Ogun, Edo and the Northern parts of the country and also routes to New Lekki- Ibeju corridor where we have a major refinery, Lagos Deep Seaport and Free Trade Zone etc.

The ongoing rehabilitation and stabilisation ahead of the reconstruction, has significantly improved travelling experience on the corridor.

According to motorists and residents living along the axis, it takes less than 30 minutes to travel from Itamaga to Itokin bridge, a journey that could take up to 2 hrs before the rehabilitation.

They thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, for his unwavering support and commitment towards the completion of the rehabilitation of the road, and other road infrastructure projects across the country.

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