The Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, which opened last Friday for commuters have continued to be a source of happiness to many who have commended the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola for using the bridge to reduce travel time between Lekki and Ikoyi, Lagos.Some of the motorists who passed through the bridge called on motorists to use the bridge and pay the required toll.
Mr Agore Aboh, one of those spoken to expressed happiness and excitement that such a feat is being recorded in Nigeria. “If similar things can be happening in our country, we would be happy. That was why I decided to ply the road, pay the toll and encourage others to pay because the most important thing is that ‘let good things be happening”.
Another respondent who also made use of the bridge after it was opened and spoke to newsmen; Chief Adolo Okotie Eboh described it as an evidence of good governance and hoped that other states would emulate the Lagos State Government as everything looks good because cars are moving, people are moving freely and it shows that the state is ready to go.
Mr Bambo Ibidapo Obe in his testimony, said: “I love the new bridge. I think it is a new development. I have been waiting for them for a very long time to open it. I am glad it is open;I am very impressed. It is a very beautiful road. I look forward to Lagos State doing a lot more of this for us.
“I have paid N300 (for Jeep). I think it is the way of the future. If we want good things we have to pay for it. Nigerians have shown that they are willing to pay for good services. In Lagos especially, it is clear that people are willing to pay for good services and the difference would be clear to anybody that passes it, you know you would get what you are paying for”, Ibidapo-Obe added.
Another motorist who plied the link bridge after it was opened and spoke to newsmen is an entrepreneur, Mr Valentine Aboh who gave kudos to the Lagos State Governor and his team for their clear vision of infrastructural renewal and development in Lagos State.
He added that the project is a welcome development that is also people-oriented, adding that its benefit is for the users of the roads not the government. “We the masses appreciate it and no matter how much they ask us to pay, we will pay the toll. Let the good things be replicated around the whole state so that people will have easy movement to go around unhindered for their businesses. We Nigerians are willing to struggle to make ends meet but let the government give us the enabling environment”.
Mr Dare Ajayi, who also reacted to the commencement of operations of the Bridge, said he is encouraged by what the State Governor is doing in terms of building bridges because that is essentially what is needed in the country.
“This is good infrastructure. The quality of the road speaks for itself, well built and the aesthetic value as well is very visible. Once again, I congratulate Lagosians and congratulate the governor for such an initiative. I love the Governor. I was going to say I would keep this ticket as a souvenir and keep for future generations to see. If we have ten of Fashola in this country, things would turn around for the better. I am not a member of any party but I like to recognize good things. For me it is a joyful moment like this”.
Another motorist, Mr Tunde Olaleye who also spoke with newsmen after plying the bridge said It is going to fasten the rate at which people move from Lekki to Ikoyi, explaining that he as a person lives in Lekki but goes to Banana Island to do his workout every Saturday and spends about an hour getting to Banana Island but that with the new link bridge, it takes him a few minutes to get there.
“I am an entrepreneur and I am enjoying Lagos. This is a dream come true. These are things we use to see on television but Governor Fashola has made it possible here. I feel real good to be a Lagosian. My advice to those who ply the route is that they should just pay the toll because: “this is a miracle as far as I am concerned and this would shorten your trip. Look at the ambience and even the serenity and everything. It is worth paying for”, another motorist, Mr Oyibo Mohammed reiterated.