There are strong indications that Africa’s wealthiest man Aliko Dangote has expressed interest in the construction of the capital intensive Lagos fourth mainland bridge. The state commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat revealed on Thursday, April 16, 2015 while briefing journalists on the updates regarding the much anticipated infrastructure. He said that some companies, including Dangote Group have shown interest in the development of the bridge.
He added that the project had not been abandoned but was undergoing a realignment to reduce collateral damage and to take care of the Lekki-Free Zone Area which houses the proposed Dangote Refinery.
The commissioner explained that it redesigned the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge in order to avoid demolishing buildings erected on the right of way. He said at least 69 buildings sprung up on the initial alignment for the construction of the Fourth Mainland Bridge, forcing the government to consider a re-alignment to avoid massive demolition.
According to Hamzat, “We did a survey to establish the right of way. We looked at various options. The option that seems best for us has about 4km of bridge on the water. Unfortunately, when we started the survey and enumeration, a lot of people have built unbelievable number of buildings.
“I think people were speculative in anticipation of the bridge. I think the demolition we have to do is now about 69 buildings, so we have to rethink, the amount of compensation will run into billions if we have to do that,” he said. Hamzat said a new alignment is currently being outlined, taking into consideration the Lekki Free Zone.
Source: Leadership Newspapers