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Sanwo-Olu Visits Dalian Urban Planning Exhibition Centre In China

…Charges CCECC to kickstart 4th Mainland Bridge in March

In continuation of his working tour of China, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday visited the famous Dalian Urban Planning Exhibition Centre in Xigang District.

Dalian is a city famous for its aquatic products and a coastline of about 1,900 kilometers in the Northeast of China.

During the visit to the Exhibition Centre, the Governor was conducted around the three-floor building loaded with historical changes in the city’s ongoing construction, its current conditions, and the blueprint for future development.

The Exhibition Center provided the Governor, like every other visitor, an opportunity to learn about the past of the Chinese city, the transition to the present day and its transformation, and a demonstration of what the immediate future would look like.

Also from China, Governor Sanwo-Olu has once again reassured Lagos residents of his administration’s eagerness to kickstart the construction of the long-awaited Fourth Mainland Bridge project in March.

While on a visit to the headquarters of the contractor handling the project, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Sanwo-olu sought the support of the leadership of the company to ensure the groundbreaking of the project.

He said his administration is committed to the delivery of the Bridge, noting that the legacy project is his government’s commitment to enhancing transportation for millions of Lagos residents.

Recall that Sanwo-Olu, speaking during a high-level meeting of Lagos State Government officials with the President and management of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation at its headquarters in Beijing, China, earlier in the week, had while applauding CCECC for several roads and bridges they have constructed in different parts of Lagos, added that the State Government will continue to partner with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.

He said: “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.

“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 only three years to go and I have to deliver it. You (the 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. committed before the end of the first quarter; if I can achieve that, I will be very happy. I want to break ground 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 achievements as governor in the State.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu, while stressing the need for a continuous relationship between the Lagos State Government and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation for infrastructural development in the State, concluded that Lagos doesn’t see CCECC as a contractor but partner.

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