Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, wants the construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge to commence in March 2024.
Sanwo-Olu, who is currently on a working visit to China alongside some government officials, set the date for Saturday when he took a trip from Beijing to Dalian, a city famous for its aquatic products and a coastline of about 1,900 kilometres in the North-east of China.
The governor, according to a statement, gave his reassurance to Lagosians that the long-awaited Fourth Mainland Bridge project would commence very shortly.
Sanwo-Olu also called on the contractor handling the project, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), to make sure that the ground-breaking of the project is done in March.
“The Fourth Mainland Bridge is one of our legacy projects. We are committed to that project. We want to do that project like yesterday. We have assured Lagosians that this administration is going to do it,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“We are working with your team back in Nigeria to see how best we can start that project as soon as possible. We don’t have all the funding to do it, but we have a lot of pressure from different people. So, if CCECC can help us, we can sit together and try and see how much funding we both can raise and start the project.
“I have to deliver this project. I have got only three years to go and I have to deliver it. You (President of CCECC) have to help me to ensure that we deliver the Fourth Mainland Bridge. It is what we need in the state, and it is something that we want to do. We have been talking about it for a long time and I want to put it behind me.
“It has to start very soon. I made a commitment before the end of the first quarter; if I can achieve that, I will be very happy. I want to break ground, may be in March or April, to start that project. I will be happy if Mr. President of CCECC helps me to achieve this. It would be one of my greatest joy as a governor in the state.”