The federal government has approved for the Lagos State government to commence a total reconstruction of the road connecting Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos to Oshodi.
A statement by Mr. Tunji Bello, Secretary to the State Government, said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode announced this on Wednesday.
The state government commended Acting President Yemi Osinbajo for the approval and for fast-tracking the process.
“We are very appreciative of the good gesture of the Acting President for acceding to our request, which is not only very timely, but a very heartwarming one. Posterity will never forget this genuine developmental action,” Mr. Ambode said in the statement.
He also described the approval as a 50th birthday present to the people of Lagos State, adding that it was a further demonstration of the determination of the present administration to ensure the effectiveness of the executive order on improving the ease of doing business, recently signed by the Acting President.
Mr. Ambode also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the enabling environment to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the nation, adding that with the upgrading of the international airport road, which he described as the gateway to the nation’s commercial nerve center, the country would attract new investments.
The governor had in early March raised the alarm about the state of the airport road, describing it as a national disgrace that required immediate attention to salvage the nation’s image.
He stated then that the state had prepared a design for the reconstruction of the road and had secured sufficient funds to embark on the project, but had yet to get the go-ahead from the federal government.
“The road linking Oshodi to the international airport, you would all agree with me, is a national embarrassment. In the spirit of the regeneration and urbanization that this administration has set out to achieve, we believe strongly that the image that is exhumed by the decadence of that road must be repaired and we took it upon ourselves to appropriate the 2017 budget so that the House of Assembly should approve the total reconstruction of the road from Oshodi to the international airport,” the governor said in March.
Mr. Ambode had said if given the approval, his administration was ready to hit the ground running and begin reconstruction of the road within two weeks and complete the project within a six-month period.
The governor also implored the federal government to avail the state of the N2 billion appropriated for the airport road in the 2017 National Budget to carry out the project.