Lagos State government has disclosed plans to commence the deployment of 13,000 Closed Circuit Television, CCTV, cameras, additional 6,000 streetlights and security sensors for surveillance and crime prevention across the state from October this year.
Addressing a joint ministerial press briefing yesterday, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said that the state government had commenced the implementation of the Lagos Enterprise GIS upgrade and the Integrated Land Administration Automation System, which when implemented, according to the commissioner, will ensure proper monitoring of government infrastructure for optimum benefit, fast-track the ease of doing business and improve government-citizen relationship.
Ayorinde announced government plans to activate multi-faceted projects designed to improve the living standards and revenue generation in the state, among which is the commencement of construction of a fly-over bridge in the popular Pen Cinema junction of the state.
The Pen Cinema fly-over is the third the Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration in the state would be constructing after those of Abule-Egba and Ajah roundabouts.
The state government had also constructed a pedestrian bridge at the ever-busy Berger Bus Stop along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to facilitate easy human and vehicular movement.
The commissioner, who announced all the projects, said government was also set to decongest traffic along the Lekki-Epe Expressway through the removal of three roundabouts namely the fourth roundabout (Elegushi), fifth roundabout (Jakande) and the eighth roundabout (VGC).
He said the affected roundabouts would be replaced by traffic lights, expansion of the roads, provision of dedicated turning lanes, as well as additional lay-bys.
While explaining the scope of the Pen Cinema fly-over, the state’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson said the government was pleased to announce the approval for the construction, which he said would be completed within 18 to 24 months, adding that the project would commence after the conclusion of the preliminary works.
Johnson said the fly-over would be constructed from Oba Ogunji via Ijaiye Road into Agunbiade, adding that it would be 700metres long with some junction improvement at Pen Cinema.
“We will expand Oba Ogunji Road and create barriers. The project will also accommodate a generous walkway similar to the Ikorodu Expressway and the bridge will have a free flow all the way to Agunbiade,” Johnson explained.
For his part, special adviser to the governor on transport, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi said the removal of the roundabouts on Lekki-Epe Expressway was part of the junction works and traffic system management designed by the present administration to enhance free flow of traffic.
Elegushi recalled that when the road was constructed, it was accommodating about 30,000 vehicles per day, adding that the vehicular movement has now increased to over 50,000 daily.

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