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    Lagos To Deploy 13,000 Cctvs September, Construct Pen Cinema Bridge

    The Lagos State Government says it will begin the deployment of 13,000 Close Circuit Television, CCTVs across the state from next month.
    The government also said it has concluded plans to construct the Pen Cinema bridge to decongest traffic in the area.
    At a joint ministerial press conference at the State Government Secretariat, Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde said the government had declared its readiness to activate a multi-faceted project designed to improve living standards and revenue generation in the state.
    One of such projects, Ayorinde said, was the planned deployment of 13,000 CCTV cameras and security censors for surveillance and crime prevention across the state, adding that the government had also commenced the implementation of the Lagos Enterprise GIS upgrade and the Integrated Land Administration Automation System.
    “The platform, when fully implemented will ensure proper monitoring of government infrastructure for optimum benefit, fast-track the ease of doing business and improve government-citizen relationship,” he said.
    On the Pen Cinema bridge, Ayorinde the project would lead to the construction of a flyover bridge and massive junction improvement work at the Agege area, adding that the planned construction of the bridge would bring to three the number of bridges the Akinwunmi Ambode administration had undertaken since it came into power in 2015.
    The commissioner also announced plans to decongest traffic along the Lekki-Epe Expressway through the removal of three roundabouts.
    “The roundabouts are the 4th roundabout (Elegushi); 5th roundabout (Jakande) and the 8th roundabout (VGC). The affected roundabouts will be replaced by the use of traffic lights, expansion of the roads and provision of dedicated turning lanes as well as lay-bys,” he said.
    Commissioner for Science and Technology, Olufemi Odubiyi said the deployment of 13,000 CCTV cameras was part of the SMART City project, saying that one of the key issues was to ensure that Lagos was secured through the provisions of the cameras to run on high capacity fibres.
    He disclosed that the deployment of the cameras would take-off in September and would last for between 16 and 18 months as it would run on a high fibre network, adding that 6,000 street lights would also be provided.
    Odubiyi also said the EGIS project would help promote and encourage a secondary mortgage market and facilitate investment in properties.
    He added that the project would witness the installation of information highway-metro fibre and deployment of 4GLT across the State, adding that part of what government was trying to achieve was the full implementation of e-services like e-health and e-agric, among others.
    While explaining the scope of the Pen Cinema Fly-over, the State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson, said the government was pleased to announce the approval for the construction, which he said would be completed within 18 to 24 months, adding that the project would commence after the conclusion of the preliminary works.
    Johnson said the fly-over would be constructed from Oba Ogunji via Ijaiye Road into Agunbiade, adding that it would be 700 meters long with some junction improvement at Pen Cinema.
    “We will expand Oba Ogunji Road and create barriers. The project will also accommodate a generous walkway similar to the Ikorodu Expressway and the bridge will have a free flow all the way to Agunbiade,” Johnson explained.
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