MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION
Ketu, a suburb of Lagos, is to play host to twin multiple Laybys, designed by the Lagos State Government, to provide lasting solution to the perennial traffic jam at peak period on both sides of the Ketu- Ikorodu road.
The project, which targets a completion time of six months and to be executed by Fountain Construction Company (FCC) Ltd, comprises of 3- lane laybys on each side of the road, a shopping mall and a car park.
Speaking at the stakeholders meeting on the project, the acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Olarenwaju Elegushi stated that the project, upon completion, will reasonably reduce travel time from CMS to Ikorodu to less than 45minutes.
He stated that the state Government, leaning on the experience of the Iyana Oworo multiple laybys, has shown how the laybys can impact on the traffic flow by removing indiscriminate stoppages on the road.
The Prince also used the opportunity to call on motorists to patronize the Vehicle Inspection Service Centres at Ojodu as a way of ensuring that their vehicles are in top shape before travelling on the road. He added that the State Government had put the Centre together to move away from the era of manual testing to a computerized one.
The Commissioner said the implementation of Alapere Traffic Improvement phase II will afford commuters the opportunity of an alternative route to be used by the people.
Elegushi, while appealing to the stakeholders to support government’s efforts urged all to take ownership of various projects. He added that the use to which the laybys at Berger is being put, is not in consonance with government’s plans.
The Lagos Prince stated further that laybys are not motor parks or garages where vehicle park but rather a loading and discharge point for motorists. He stated that no union activity will be condoned at the laybys adding that the project will not be disruptive in any form.
He also explained that a second pedestrian bridge will be constructed to compliment the one already in existence.
In his remarks on the project execution, the representative of FCC Engr. Adeyemi Agboola stated that the project will be executed in phases so as to prevent its being disruptive to the various activities in the area.
He listed the project details to include Klee-Clamp stalls, Automated Toilets, a 255m service lane, and standard bus shelters on both sides along with multiple laybys of 115m by 40m (Ikorodu bound) and 140m by 140m at the Ojota bound end.
Also speaking at the event, the Oba of Ketu, Oba Isiaka Oyero Balogun expressed appreciation to the Governor for the various projects in the area and expressed the community’s desire for further development.
Present at the event are the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Engr. Ajibade K. Bade-Adebowale, Sole Administrators of Agboyi-Ketu and Ikosi-Isheri, Honourable Olatunji llelaboye, and Aremo Adewale Abdul respectively and other top government functionaries.
Director, Public Affairs,
Ministry of Transportation