Lagos to unveil firms bidding for Fourth Mainland Bridge development

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• Government presents Sanwo-Olu scorecard in 200 days

THE Lagos State Government will on Wednesday unfold the firms jostling to develop the Fourth Mainland Bridge, Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotoso said ON sUNday.

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He spoke while presenting Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration’s scorecard in the last 200 days in office.  It was during an interactive session with reporters at the Alausa Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

According to him, the unveiling of the prospective firms that meet up the deadline for the Expression of Interest will lead to the selection of a preferred bidder for the construction of the 39-kilometre bridge.

Omotoso said: “The government will be announcing the Expressionaires at the ceremony, which will officially set process in motion to realise the project.”

The Commissioner said the administration had beamed a special focus on infrastructure, traffic management and transportation, with the aim to reduce the pain residents go through due to gridlocks.

He said the government had sustained its “aggressive response” to rehabilitation of roads across the metropolis to ease vehicular movement, noting that about 116 deplorable highways were currently being reconstructed by eight construction firms.

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The Sanwo-Olu administration, Omotoso said, introduced Public Infrastructure Improvement Partnership (PIIP) as strategy to improve state of infrastructure by signing agreements with banks and other private financial institutions to embark on rehabilitation of adopted roads as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

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 first 100 days. The intensity is going according to the plan, which is to apply the right treatment at the right time to achieve the desired level of service.

“The government is leveraging the private sector, which controls about 80 per cent of the State’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as crucial in the government’s drive to bridging the infrastructure gap and building the smart city of our dream. Access Bank is partnering with 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 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 day.”

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