Africa’s foremost conglomerate- Dangote Group is showing interest in the capital intensive fourth mainland bridge project. The State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat made this known at a press briefing in Ikeja, the state capital. Hamzat noted that the project had not been abandoned but was undergoing a realignment to reduce collateral damage and to take care of the Lekki-Free Zone Area which houses the proposed Dangote Refinery.
“A lot of people have heard about Fourth Mainland Bridge, so we did a survey to establish the right of way; we looked at various options, the option that seems best for us has, I think, four kilometers of bridge on the water.
“Unfortunately, when we started the survey and enumeration, a lot of people have built unbelievable number of buildings, I think people were speculating the bridge is coming and the demolition that we have to do will affect about 69 buildings and the amount of compensation will run into billions so we have to look at another alignment all-together.
“Also, we are looking at the Lekki Free Trade Zone and the Dangote Petroleum Company that are coming up, so which one makes sense for us to build. “The idea of the shift in alignment is to avoid the massive demolition that will take place so that we can save those buildings and I won’t shed light on the specifics of the alignment now so that people won’t start building again but basically the work is ongoing, even Dangote is interested so we are moving,” the Commissioner stressed.
Roads completed in four years:
Dr Hamzat also stressed that a total of 281 road projects have so far been completed across Lagos State in the last four years while 201 road projects were still under construction.
He explained that the completed road projects covered about 297 kilometres as he put the ongoing ones at 237 kilometres.
Insufficient revenue :
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Raji said that the much talked about 23 billion naira that the State now generates monthly had been going into infrastructural renewal and development such as roads, bridges among others.
According to Mr Raji, the internally generated revenue of the State is being spent judiciously and it is still a far cry from what Lagos requires to function.