After series of meetings, contractors are to resume the construction on more road arteries in the Lekki axis of Lagos to decongest traffic on the Lekki-Ajah Expressway.
The development came on the heels of the resolution of the misunderstanding between Messrs Lekki Concession Company (LCC), the firm franchised by the Lagos State Government to upgrade the high and residents of Still Water Gardens Estate.
It was part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that LCC will open up an access road to create an alternative to the tolled highway as it will be useful to residents when completed.
But, the construction of the network of roads was stalled halfway following the uncooperative posture of residents of the estate, who believed a road through their estate would worsen traffic.
The agreement between the parties was reached after a parley by LCC officials, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and representative of the residents’ association.
It was agreed at the parley that work should resume for an immediate completion of the road.
According to LCC Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Shakirat Babatunde, residents of the Still Waters Gardens Estate have realised that building the road will decongest traffic in Lekki.
She said the construction of the road was part of the original master plan for Lekki since 2008, adding that it will pass through the Oando Filling Station in Lekki.
The residents had pleaded with the LCC not to build the road, insisting that it will worsen the traffic situation within the Lekki axis.
According to them, opening up the access will worsen the security situation in the area. They had suggested to the LCC that rather than extending the road to the Jankande end of Lekki, it should stop at the estate gate.
But, Mrs Babatunde argued that the proposed project will create multiple access for road users with no danger posed to the Still Waters Gardens Estate.
Her words: “The proposed road will create multiple points of entry and exit for the estate residents and other road users. By that singular road construction, over 80 per cent of the pressure on the Lekki axis will be taken away from road users.
“It currently takes people about three to four hours to move through the roads but on completion of this access road, such challenge is going to be resolved.”
Speaking further, the LCC chief assured residents of the company’s support to the estate.
She said the LCC suspended work to allow for dialogue with the residents in the spirit of fair play. “After our dialogue, we have found better ways to go about the road. We will ensure that the end result will be of greater benefits to Lagosians. We do not believe in imposing our ideas on others and that prompted us to push for this dialogue,” Mrs. Babatunde said.
LASTMA’s General Manager Mr Bashiru Braimah urged the LCC management to avail his agency with the traffic management and impact assessment plans of the project.
He said such documents will equip the authority with a better understanding of the traffic flow to further decongest traffic in the course of the construction.
Source: The Nation Nigeria