Ambode laments gridlock, asks FG to repay N51bn debt

Ambode laments gridlock, asks FG to repay N51bn debt

Yvonne Williams

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action on the Apapa Container Terminal Bridge which causes traffic congestion daily.

Ambode also asked the Federal Government to repay the N51bn it owed the state government so that he could use the money to build more roads and ease the heavy traffic in the state.

Ambode, who said this on Tuesday while on an inspection of road networks in Apapa, Isolo, and Oshodi areas, noted that the state government would fix any road regardless of its status once the Federal Government’s reimbursement was in place.

He said, “The Federal Government owes Lagos N51bn, but also, the Federal Government says some conditions must be met as part of the money is actually under contention. However, the part that is free from encumbrances is about N30bn; if the Federal Government gives that to us, we will be able to do more roads.

“The most important part of these federal roads is the Murtala Muhammed Airport Road to Oshodi. On our own part, we believe we will meet all the conditions and if the Federal Government does not do it by next year, we will.”


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