In view of the expected increase in economic and commercial activities around the Lekki axis where a free trade zone, international airport, deep seaport, oil refinery, among other developmental projects are springing up, the Lagos state government is considering the construction of a 10 lane expressway that will link Lagos and Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State. The road, according to our sources is likely to pass through Ikorodu, Itoikin, and the Epe corridor.
The Lekki corridor is touted the fastest developing axis in the West African sub region. It currently has some of the best ranking housing estates in investments worth billions of United States dollars, and continues to attract high net individuals and companies seeking to establish their presence in the area. As a result, vehicular and human traffic on the Lekki-Epe expressway have continue to soar.
The new administration led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, thinks that if the Apapa scenario – collapse of law and order, degradation of environment, and lock-down of economy in gridlock, is to be avoided on the Lekki corridor, there is need to plan exit route for cargo containers and tankers that will be attracted to the free trade zone, the deep seaport and the refinery being built in Lekki.
This is a nice development I must say. However, I am scared for the time it will take to plan, deploy facilities and funds to build and complete this project. There’s already a traffic menace on the Lekki-Epe expressway and I don’t see immediate solutions being put in place to reduce the long hours spent commuting on this highway. What are your thoughts?