Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has said that tolls will not be collected at the second toll point on the Lekki- Epe Expressway.
He also stated that once the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which was being expanded into 10-lane, was completed, the community would be opened up for business activities, adding that an International airport, Export Processing Zone, and a Deep Seaport are in works and would be situated in Epe and Lekki respectively.
Ambode made these remarks at an interactive session with journalists at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Ikeja, a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna said on Sunday.
He said, “We must start thinking of the future concerning that road. We said we will have an International Airport in Epe, and an Export Processing Zone in Lekki and a Deep Seaport also in Lekki.
“Should we not start thinking about how we will improve and create a 10-lane road between Ikorodu, Itoikin, Epe and Ijebu Ode so that people can go out from there? There is no point constructing the road, paying tolls and in five years’ time, the road is gone.”
He added that his administration would make careful efforts to grow the tourism potential of the state.
He said, “As more means of transportation come on board, the more than 600,000 private car owners and 120,000 motorcycles that are being put on the road in the state on a daily basis will reduce in number.”
He said his administration had decided to scale up governance by rearranging the civil service through the realignment of some ministries and agencies, while creating a new Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.
Ambode said, “We have said this is a government of continuity, but it is continuity with improvement. It is about making life easier for the people. We are receptive to new ideas and that is why we are going to be creative, innovative and thinking out of the box.”