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We redesigned fourth mainland bridge to avoid demolishing 69 buildings

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ekene Okoro  —  Snr. Correspondent, Lagos


Lagos State Government on Thursday explained that it redesigned the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge in order to avoid demolishing buildings erected on the right of way.

Giving update at the ongoing ministerial press briefing, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat said at least 69 buildings sprung up on the initial alignment for the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge, forcing the government to consider a re-alignment to avoid massive demolition.

“We did survey to establish the right of way. We looked at various options. The option that seems best for us has about 4km 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 speculative in anticipation of the bridge. I think the demolition we have to do is now about 69 buildings, so we have to rethink, the amount of compensation will run into billions if we have to do that” the commissioner said.

Hamzat said a new alignment is currently being outlined, taking into consideration the Lekki Free Zone and other multinational companies coming into the axis.

“Dangote Petroleum Refinery is also coming up, so we are considering the one which makes sense to build. The alignment will shift, it will not be the same alignment again , so you can call it Fourth Mainland or whatever, the idea is that if it was here before, because of these buildings , demolitions will be much, some of them don’t have building plans, but they are massive buildings and it would be really bad to demolish them.

“So, really we don’t intend to do that (demolish). The idea is to move the alignment now so that people don’t start going there to build again.

The commissioner also affirmed that work is currently ongoing revealing that some companies, including Dangote Group have shown interest in the development of the Bridge.

Outlining some road projects undertaken by the ministry, Hamzat said a total of 281 roads were constructed, rehabilitated and delivered within the last four years while 201 road constructions are ongoing across the state.

He listed litigation, and limited funds as some challenges faced by the ministry in discharging its duties.

He said it was not in the character of the state government to abandon projects half way, noting that some technical challenges encountered during the course of construction affects project delivery.