Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday opened the Ishuti Road, Ishefun-Camp Davies-Ijon-Liasu Ojo-Ijo road network with a jetty terminal, all at Alimosho Local Government Area of the Lagos State.
He described the jetty as strategic to residents of the area as it connects them to Ogun State, thereby enhancing business and social activities between people of both states. The jetty will help travellers get to Ogun State within five minutes.
The governor thanked the people of Alimosho for their support, noting that the council area is the largest in Nigeria, and solicited their continued support, especially at the polls.
He said: “We just don’t want to come to Alimosho and garner votes, but we want to prove to the people that our government has a human face and is working for their good. We are a listening government, we understand what the people need which is why we have done all these.
“Please use these facilities very well, don’t destroy them because it’s for the people. Take ownership of these roads and jetties so they can serve you. I appeal to the CDAs and CDCs to ensure these facilities are well managed because they are meant to improve lives and make living more meaningful for the people.
“I also enjoin you to vote for our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) so that you will continue to enjoy these dividends of democracy. Alimosho is the home of votes so we will use our votes to silence the opposition. We don’t have to be violent, but we will speak with our votes. We just don’t want to come here and campaign or give rhetoric, but to assure the people that they are well loved.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied by members of the State Executive Council, also drove through the ongoing construction of Babafemi Dada Road and Bridge (Idowu Egba), Yinka Folarin, Jamie Lawal and Shalom Academy road network.
When completed, the Idowu-Egba bridge will reduce travel time from the Ayobo-Ipaja axis to LASU-Iyana Iba by 45 minutes.
Special Adviser to the governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye described the projects as part of efforts by the Sanwo-Olu administration to improve the wellbeing of Lagosians. According to her, the efforts speak to the fact that Alimosho local government area, like many others, has not been left behind in the infrastructure renewal plan of the state government.
She added: “The commissioning of these projects today is significant because it demonstrates the unwavering commitment of this administration in its determination to continually energise the local economy by providing essential infrastructure that would further promote economic development across the nooks and crannies of the state.
“For persons coming here for the first time, Ishefun Camp Davies, Ijon and Isuti axis are semi-urban settlements with a rapidly growing population that requires modern road infrastructural upgrades. The residents and road users have, over the years, clamored for an improvement in the hitherto, deplorable road ways. This is rightly so because they are strategic, giving their huge bearing capacity and connectivity. Happily, the narratives have now changed for the better courtesy of our visionary governor and deputy governor.
“These roads will greatly enhance vehicular movement towards Ipaja-Ayobo-Igando and its environs, as well as reduce incessant traffic gridlocks being experienced on the LASU- IBA road.
“Interestingly and of significance is the fact that they all lead to major hubs for water transportation to Agbara, Ishefun and other coastal communities in Badagry and neighboring Ogun State, further confirming the strategy of linkage with our waterways, thereby deepening the Intermodal Transport System.”
The Ishuti Road is 3,800m long and 10m wide, ending at the jetty connecting to the famous Totoro food market in Ogun State. The Ishefun – Camp Davies – Ijon Road is 7,639 meters long and 16.2meters wide, while the Liasu-Ojo-Ijo portion of the project is 1,190metres long and 8 meters wide.
The jetty component consists of a ticketing office, canteen, waiting area, car park and pontoon.