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General News of Monday, 16 November 2020

Source: Punch

We’ll rebuild, complete Lagos-Badagry expressway – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday assured Lagosians that his administration would complete the ongoing construction of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

He promised that his government was committed to the construction of the expressway, noting that the delay of work on the road was based on the government’s plan to build a first-class infrastructure.

Speaking at the unveiling of Hyundai Kona, Nigeria’s first locally assembled electric car, in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu stated that the Lagos-Badagry Expressway when completed would last for 30 to 40 years.

He added that the government had turned the road, which was a two-lane way, into 10 lanes, five on both sides.

The Governor said, “I want to assure you that the Lagos-Badagry Expressway would be completed. We are doing a complete rebuild of the road, with bridges and interchanges.

“We are building a road that will last for 30 to 40 years for you. And because we know that this is an international gateway, it does not deserve anything less. We are building a first-class road infrastructure that all of you will be proud of.”

Speaking on the Hyundai Kona car, he said with the unveiling of the car, Nigerians could now drive electric cars, noting that Lagos remained the hub of the nation’s economy and a pacesetter in industrialisation.

Sanwo-Olu commended the assemblers of the car, Stallion Group Automobile, for revamping the moribund asset located along Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

He said, “This is 21st century technology that has been brought into our country. With hardcore manufacturing companies like Stallion Group Automobile, we can begin to see the need to disemphasise mono product, which is oil.

“With the innovation of Hyundai Kona, we do not need to put the pressure on what the pump price of oil or petroleum is again. All the issues and fights that we are having about prices of petrol going up and the rest of it will be a thing of the past.”

The governor added that the LASG would partner with Stallion Group as well as private industries in the state to create an enabling environment for job creation.

He also assured that the state government would be partnering through Ibile Oil and Gas and other private organisations to create different charging points for the electric cars in Lagos.

The Managing Director of the Stallion Group Automobile, Rohtagi Manish, said the innovation toward building Nigeria’s first electric car was a step towards an eco-friendly green Lagos.

He added that the materials used to assemble the electric zero emission car was mostly sourced from local resources.

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