Ambode vows to transform city to tourism, entertainment hub



…Says govt will not collect fee on second Lekki toll point

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has assured residents of the city that the State Government will not collect toll at the completed second toll point on the Lekki- Epe Expressway.

The governor, who spoke at an interactive session with journalists at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja, said his concern was about ensuring the road is completed.

While disclosing that very soon there will be an International Airport in Epe and an Export Processing Zone in Lekki and a Deep Seaport also in Lekki, he asked rhetorically: “When you take your freight from the Deep Seaport and the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) are you going to make them to start passing through that same road on which there are toll points here and there?”

He pointed out that what is missing between Oshodi and Murtala Mohammed International Airport, was fast track rail that can take goods straight to the Airport.

He said that as a result of that mistake, the state government would not like that to happen in new areas that are being developed.

“Should we also miss that here? We should start thinking about how we would improve and create a 10-lane road between Ikorodu, Itoikin, Epe and Ijebu Ode so that people can begin to enjoy smooth motoring in those areas. So those are some of the things that we are looking at. There is no point constructing the roads and then hamper motorists’’ enjoyment of the roads with several tolls.” He said.

On the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which is being expanded into a 10-lane road, the Governor said once the road is completed, the neighbourhood and the axis would be opened up as a business hub for the whole sub region.

He said his administration wouldmake efforts to grow the tourism potentials of the state and that a summit would soon be convened with stakeholders in the sector to explore the potentials that abound in the state.

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