Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, aims to kickstart the construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge in March 2024.
While on a visit to China with government officials, Sanwo-Olu announced the target date during a trip from Beijing to Dalian, a city known for its seafood and extensive coastline.
In a statement, the governor assured Lagosians that the much-awaited project would begin soon. He urged the project contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), to ensure that ground-breaking occurs 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.”