Governor Akinwunmi Ambode transportation projects: A legacy to be remembered

01/25/2019

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Akinwunmi Ambode is about to leave office as governor. But he'll be remembered for his great works in the transportation sector. See his amazing projects below!

The 2019 general elections are just around the corner. Just like other states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Lagos will partake in the gubernatorial elections. And with the All Progressive People’s Congress (APC) having a candidate different from the current governor – Akinwunmi Ambode – he’ll be out of office regardless of the election results. Lagosians have mixed reactions in regard to his performance in office. Despite the different opinions, Akinwunmi Ambode transportation projects cannot be ignored.

The governor may not have gotten everything right, but both his supports and non-supporters acknowledge the developments he brought to Lagos State in the transportation sector.

1. Who is Akinwunmi Ambode? Brief Akinwunmi Ambode biography!

Akinwunmi Ambode is an Accountant and Finance Management expert by profession. Born on June 14, 1963, he is the current Executive Governor of Lagos State.

Before coming into office as governor, he was the Accountant-General of Lagos State. With a career in the Civil Service spanning over 27 years, he has held several key financial positions.

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Akinwunmi Ambode has been in Lagos governor office for 4 years

The bachelors and masters Accounting graduate of University of Lagos is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and also a Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.

In April 2015, he contested for the Governorship of Lagos State under the All Progressive People’s Party (APC) and won the elections by 150,000 votes ahead of his closest competitor Jimi Agbaje.

Akinwunmi Ambode contact

Running a government that’s open to all, Akinwunmi Ambode contact is available to all law-abiding citizens and friends of the country. He has an official website where he can be reached. His email address is akinwunmi@akinwunmiambode.com.

2. Akinwunmi Ambode religion

Nigerians are curious about Akinwunmi Abode religion. This is as a result of the governor’s inclusiveness of all religions in his government. He’s been reported to break fasting with Muslims on a number of occasions, making many people wonder if that’s his faith. In fact, the outgoing governor is a Christian, and worships with Chapel of Christ the Light.

In 2017, the governor and his family were in the news over an incident involving his wife that occurred at the church, leading to the sack and eviction of the presiding chaplain of the Chapel of Christ the Light church in Alausa – Venerable Femi Taiwo.

3. Akinwunmi Ambode wife and children

The spotlight on the Executive Governor of Lagos State Akinwunmi Ambode also shines on his family. Lagosians are eager to know about Akinwunmi Ambode wife and children. The number one citizen of the state is happily married to the First Lady of Lagos State Bolanle Patience Ambode. According to reports, she’s his pillar of support.

Her excellency hails from Epe in Lagos State. She attended University of Lagos where she obtained both bachelors and masters degrees.

The couple who met while they were both in the University, got married in 1991. They have been married for 28 years. It was alleged that the couple had challenges having kids initially. Turning to IVF in the US, the successful procedure gave the couple a beautiful set of twins.

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The couple had a set of twins thanks to IVF technology

Before becoming the First Lady of Lagos State, Bolanle Patience had a thriving career in finance and consulting. Following her passion, she established a bakery business called Rehoboth Chops and Confectioneries which is successful by all standards.

4. The governor & deputy governor of Lagos State

  • Who is the governor of Lagos state?

The governor of Lagos State at present is His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, elected into office through a democratic election in April 2015. However, he is about to leave the office regardless of the upcoming election result. The reason is his representative party All Progressive People’s Congress (APC) has put forward a different candidate.

  • Who is the deputy governor of Lagos state?

The deputy governor of Lagos State is Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule. She holds a bachelors and masters degree from University of Lagos in Education (B.A. Ed) and (M.Ed) in curriculum studies respectively. In 2012, she bagged a doctorate degree (PhD) in curriculum studies. Dr Adebule worked as Secretary to the Lagos State Government before being sworn into office as deputy governor in May 2015.

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Dr. Idiat graduated from University of Lagos, Education Faculty

Okay, no more playing for time, Naijauto.com switches the spotlight to the projects the governor has been able to accomplish in his four-year tenure as the number one citizen of Eko.

5. Akinwunmi Ambode's contributions [updated to 2019]

5.1. Keeping VIO and FRSC away from Lagos

Before Ambode got into office, there were cries from Lagosians about intimidation from the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). Listening to the plight of the people, in May 2017, the governor ordered members of the VIO to stay away from roads owned by Lagos State. He also gave an order that prohibited the FRSC from operating beyond highways. Streets of Lagos were out of bound to them.

5.2. Akinwunmi Ambode’s bus terminal projects

  • Construction of ultra-modern bus terminals

Committed to making transportation easy for the good people of Lagos State, Ambode didn’t relent in enhancing the transportation network of the state. He created the Bus Reform Program aimed at easing transportation in the city.

Some of the projects in the works for this initiative include: Agege bus terminal, Okota, Ajah and NAHCO among others. The initiative is in line with the governor’s goal to get rid of the popular Danfo vehicles which are constituting nuisance in the state.

  • Construction of the TBS bus terminal

Transportation is a major issue in Lagos. With millions of people in the state, an organized transportation system is vital to ensure orderliness. Acknowledging this, the governor constructed the Tafewa Balewa Square (TBS) bus terminal shortly after he got into office. Upon completion, the terminal was a sight to behold. 

Features of the TBS terminal include: ticketing booths, dedicated driveways, CCTV coverage, screen display, offices, elegant sitting area etc.

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TBS bus terminal looks modern and seemingly clean of evils

  • Construction of Ikeja bus terminal

The Ikeja bus terminal is unarguably one of the most outstanding Akinwunmi Ambode transportation projects in Lagos State. The ultra-modern terminal will cater to five thousand passengers who pass through Ikeja on a daily basis when completed. Lagosians will be able to easily access areas such as Obalende, Oshodi, Ojota, Ogba Iyana-Ipaja, Agege, CMS, Maryland etc from Ikeja.

Facilities in the bus terminal are the same as those of standard bus terminals around the world. These facilities include: information center, loading bays, waiting areas, ticketing booth, passenger convenience, taxi rank, operations control center, food court, ATM gallery etc.

A remodeling of the bus terminal is ongoing to create room for more modern facilities.

  • Construction of Yaba terminal

In commitment to the Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) project, the state would see the construction of 13 transport interchanges and new bus terminals. Part of this project are the Ikeja bus terminal, Oshodi, Berger, Yaba and Agege.

5.3. Akinwunmi Ambode’s bridge projects

  • Construction of second Ojota pedestrian bridge

One of Akinwunmi Ambode transportation projects is the second Ojota pedestrian bridge. Lagosians in that area had reasons to smile when the governor commissioned the second Ojota pedestrian bridge in March 2017.

The construction saw a barricade of the median in Ojota which was exerting undue pressure on the bridge. Concrete and steel were combined for the construction.

  • Construction of Jubilee flyover

The Ambode-led government made major development strides in Lagos State when it commissioned the Jubilee flyover located in Ajah. The bridge was an initiative to find a lasting solution to the recurring traffic jam in that area and also give economic activities in the area a boost.

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The newly constructed Jubilee flyover gives an economic boost to nearby areas

The construction of the bridge has decongested traffic on the Lekki-Epe expressway. On the other hand, the Admiralty and Freedom roads also commissioned by the government are alternative routes leading to the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge. These have greatly reduced traffic in Lekki Phase 1.

  • Construction of Berger bridge

Berger used to be a no-go area due to its chaos. Lagosians dreaded taking that route because anything could happen at any time. When governor Akinwumi Ambode came into power, the story changed as he carried out a total overhaul of the popular bus-stop. He constructed a pedestrian bridge which drastically reduced the traffic jam as pedestrians could make use of the bridge instead of struggling to cross the road. He also constructed some slip roads and lay-bys in that axis. With all these constructions, transporting through Berger has been made easier.

The governor commissioned the reconstructed Berger bus-stop in May 2017.

  • Construction of Abuelegba flyover bridge

Abuelegba used to be a major traffic hub in the city of Lagos. To solve this problem that was a pain in the neck of residents of that area, the governor constructed the popular flyover bridge. This project commissioned in May 2017 has been a blessing to the people in that community.

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  • Construction of pedestrian bridges

Lagosians walking on foot are factored in the governor’s transformation of the transportation system in Lagos. This is evident in his construction of several pedestrian bridges all over the state.

  • Construction of Agege flyover

Ambode will long be remembered for the Agege Pen Cinema Flyover. Upon completion of the1.4km flyover, traffic jam in the area will be a thing of the past. Motorists will be able to easily connect from Agege to Abeokuta expressway.

  • Clearing of illegal under-bridge motor parks

Lagos state was home to many illegal motor parks prior to the governor’s tenure. Upon resuming office, in September 2017, the government announced that it was clamping down all illegal motor parks located under the various bridges around the state.

The first places to start with were Ikeja and Ojuelegba. The operation later moved on to other parts of the state.

In a statement signed by the government, it lamented that uncoordinated activities going on in these parks were constituting nuisance and causing traffic congestion in the state.

5.4. Akinwunmi Ambode BRT projects

  • Creation of the 5000 New BRT Bus Project

The Bus Reform Initiative (BRI) was inaugurated by the governor in 2017. One of the missions of the project was to ensure that not less than 5000 BRT buses were made available in the state before the end of 2018. With such a high number of buses, Lagosians wouldn’t have to suffer the ban on Danfo vehicles in Lagos.

  • Construction of BRT park in Oyingbo

Residents of Oyingbo had their own share of governor Akinwumni Ambode transportation projects with the construction of a BRT park in the area.

  • Proposed construction of Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT route

The Lagos State Government under the administration of governor Ambodo is currently constructing part 1 of Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT lane. The 14-kilometer project is on Abeokuta – Oshodi expressway.

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5.5. Akinwunmi Ambode road projects

  • Reconstruction of airport road

Despite being a federal road, Ambode-led government took it upon itself to reconstruct the airport road along Mafoluku. The Oshodi-Airport road is a major road leading to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA). For a very long time, the road was in a very bad state. Following the approval from the federal government for the Lagos State government to reconstruct the road, Governor Ambode commenced a total reconstruction of the road in September 2017. The blueprint of the reconstruction includes transforming the road from its current 4 lanes to 10 lanes.

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Many roads in Lagos are upgraded thanks to the vision of our governor

  • Commissioning of 21 road networks in Alimosho

Not less than 21 road networks were commissioned by the outgoing governor in Alimosho Local Government Area in April 2008. Some of the projects commissioned include: new Ikola Bridge formally known as Obasanjo Bridge and AIT/Raypower road among many others.

  • Construction of slip roads and lay-bys

In a bid to create free-flow of vehicles on Lagos roads, Governor Ambode constructed several slip roads and lay-bys in areas notorious for traffic. Some of these places include: Berger and Oworoshoki among others.

  • Completion of 450 roads and 50 other projects

In just 4 years of being in office, Governor Ambode constructed as much as 450 roads and other transportation projects. These include pedestrian bridges, modern bus terminals, slip roads and laybys, flyover bridges etc

  • Creating aesthetics on the roads

The massive construction projects of the outgoing governor include beautifying under bridges, bus-stops and roads with street art and graffiti. The governor created jobs for artisans, and at the same time, gave Lagosians a beautiful sight to behold.

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Dynamic graffiti patterns give Lagos a whole new look

Under bridges weren’t left out in the aesthetics. In time past, these places were homes to hoodlums who terrorized innocent citizens. Thanks to the initiative of the government, under bridges have been transformed into serene environments with beautiful decorations.

5.6. Other constructions and transport projects

  • Construction of 100 shelters and bus-stops

Solving the commuting needs of over 20 million people requires great strides. Acknowledging this, the governor is constructing over 100 shelters and bus-stops in Lagos.

  • Construction of wire-mesh median fences on expressways

Prioritizing the safety of Lagosians, the governor gave the go-ahead for wire-mesh fences to be constructed on medians of expressways in the State. This has drastically reduced loitering, robbery, pickpockets and other crimes on the expressway.

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The fence helps to reduce crime rates on expressways

  • Construction of Oshodi transport exchange

For so long, Oshodi was one of the most chaotic areas in Lagos. With so many people in one location, the lack of coordination caused a lot of commotion. All that is changing, thanks to Ambode’s commitment to rebrand Oshodi with the construction of a world class transport exchange. The system is built to cater to all the13 motor parks in the state as well as the interstate motor parks in a three-story building.

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Ambode's iconic Oshodi transport interchange in construction

The three-story terminal will be used for passenger demands including parking. Each terminal has a height of 30, 000 square meters. Some of the standard facilities of the terminal include: driver lounge, loading bays, ticketing booth, parking areas, waiting area and convenience.

Other features of the terminals include: a magnificent skywalk linking all the terminals, pedestrian bridges, accessible walkways, bus lanes, green parks, lay-bys, fencing, waste management, street lighting, CCTVs, surveillance tower etc.

  • Use of outdoor advertising to tackle traffic congestion

The governor came up with creative ways to solve traffic congestion in the state through the Lagos Traffic Information System (LATIS) initiative. LATIS installed Traffic Arches and Sensors in strategic locations, providing real time traffic updates to motorists.

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LATIS screens show real-time traffic updates and earn a living from advertisement

  • Introduction of the new Danfo

The government introduced new buses that would be used after the eradication of the Danfo buses. These modern vehicles are very comfortable with air-conditioner and eco-friendliness. They’d be used to actualize the modern transportation envisaged in the state.

  • Website for verification of vehicle plate numbers

In a bid to tackle transportation crimes and waywardness of drivers, the Ambode-led government launched a website in the state for motor vehicle registration search. The URL of the website is   http://www.lsmvaapvs.org/ .

  • Renovation of Tinubu square

The popular Tinubu Square in Lagos Island was renovated and commissioned by the governor in January 2017. The central momentum fountain of the square was also upgraded.

  • Commissioning of eight modern vehicle inspection centers

In order to ensure safe driving in the state, the governor commissioned eight new computerized vehicle inspection centers in the state in May 2018. This was done to ensure that all vehicles on Lagos roads met international driving standards.

Locations of these centers include Oko-Afo, Oko-Oba, Badagry, Ayoba-Iyana-Ipaja, Epe, Gbagada, PWD and Agric-Isawo.

  • Urban regeneration of Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA and Victoria Island

Governor Ambode began the urban regeneration of some parts of the state including Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA and Victoria Island in May 2018. He also unveiled 45 equipment for road construction and also commissioned the newly interlocked Lekki road.

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A part of Ikoyi - the pride of Lagos

  • Commissioning of LASWA headquarters and ultra-modern ferry

Ambode’s government reduced dependency on road for transportation in the state by developing the state’s water transportation system. He commissioned the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) headquarters along with an ultra-modern terminal for ferry to enhance water transportation. Today, Lagosians travel on water to some parts of the city.

6. Conclusion

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode transportation projects in Lagos are too many to count for a governor who has been in office for only 4 years. Despite not getting his party’s ticket for a second tenure, he has done a lot of work that he will be remembered for in many years to come.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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