Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos on Monday, December 21, unveiled plans to transform Ebute-Meta into a tourist haven by establishing a recreation park on the stretch of land overlooking the lagoon, adjacent to the Adekunle axis of the Third Mainland Bridge.
Ambode made this known during the commissioning of Ipaja-Ayobo and Ikotun-Ejigbo Roads as well as an inspection tour of on-going projects across the State, lamented the state of the piece of land which he described as an eye sore from the bridge.
He, therefore, gave the auto mechanics under the bridge seven days ultimatum to vacate the site and remove all abandoned vehicles for the development project to commence in earnest.
The governor said all things being equal, the project would be completed before the end of May in 2016 when the state will clock 50.
He who expressed dissatisfaction on the refusal of the mechanics to vacate the site despite repeated notice, adding that it was important for them to appreciate that the land was needed for overall public interest of the State.
Ambode also ordered traders in the area to move to the special site prepared for them in Agbowa by January 2016.
While at Ipaja where he inspected the just-completed Ipaja-Ayobo Road, Governor Ambode promised to commence construction works on Ishefun-Ayetoro Road, just as he assured residents that Alimosho would soon become the new Victoria Island.
He said: “Three months ago, you will all recall that we came to this particular road and we promised the people of Mosan-Okunola that we will deliver the Ipaja -Ayobo Road before Christmas, and it is on the strength of that promise that we are here today. Thank God, we have seen to the completion of this road; it has street lights beginning from Ipaja Round About to the end.
“As much as we have kept our promise and delivered even before the projected day, the residents should also maintain good use of this road and cooperate with the government as we extend development to this neighbourhood. I just want to assure the people of Alimosho axis that this government is right behind you and we would do everything possible to turn Alimosho to Victoria Island.”
The Governor also formally commissioned the Ejigbo Road and assured residents that street light would be installed on the road from Ikotun Roundabout to the Isolo Campus of Lagos Polytechnic within three months.