Lagos opens bid for Fourth Main­land Bridge Wed­nes­day

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The Lagos State Gov­ern­ment has said it will on Wed­nes­day open bid for firms that showed in­ter­est in the con­struc­tion of the Fourth Main­land Bridge.

The state Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion and Strat­egy, Gbenga Omo­toso, stated this while ad­dress­ing the press as part of ac­tiv­i­ties lined up to mark Gov­er­nor Baba­jide Sanwo-olu’s 200 days in of­fice.

Omo­toso, who said lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional firms ex­pressed in­ter­est in the con­struc­tion of the bridge, said the bid­ding would be done at a cer­e­mony to be hosted by the state gov­ern­ment.

The com­mis­sioner added that the Sanwo-olu ad­min­is­tra­tion had put a spe­cial fo­cus on in­fra­struc­ture, traf­fic man­age­ment and trans­porta­tion to re­duce grid­lock.

he said, “I boldly state here that the THEMES agenda of the Sanwo-olu gov­ern­ment is on course and will be achieved. The speed of projects im­ple­men­ta­tion has now in­creased, es­pe­cially since the last 100 days.

“The gov­ern­ment is lever­ag­ing the pri­vate sec­tor, which con­trols about 80 per cent of the state’s Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct, as cru­cial in the gov­ern­ment’s drive to bridg­ing the in­fra­struc­ture gap and build­ing the smart city of our dream.

“Ac­cess Bank is part­ner­ing the state gov­ern­ment in the up­grad­ing of a network of roads in Oniru un­der PIIP ar­range­ment. To fur­ther bring re­lief to our peo­ple, we will be set­ting the process in place for the con­struc­tion of the Fourth Main­land Bridge. Next Wed­nes­day is the fi­nal day for the sub­mis­sion of ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est; we will be un­veil­ing the process that will lead to the re­al­i­sa­tion of the project on that day.”

Speak­ing on Sanwo-olu’s 200 days in of­fice, Omo­toso said the gov­er­nor had kept his elec­toral prom­ises de­spite chal­lenges.

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