The Lagos State government is already taking the first step towards actualising the construction of the fourth mainland bridge.
The State government is meeting stakeholders on environmental and social impact assessment for the 4th mainland bridge project.
The Deputy Governor of the State, Kadri Hamzat who was part of the stakeholders meeting says the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge project will cost over 2billion dollars, and for the first time allow “direct access” from the large suburb of Ikorodu to the Island and the Lekki Free Trade Zone area.
According to him, the project has been well integrated into the overall Lagos Master Plan in relation to Transportation Infrastructure that will address the transportation need of the growing population in the state.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by the Director of Bridges, Adetunji Adeoye says the fourth mainland bridge is a proposed 37km long bridge connecting Lagos Island, Langbasa, Baiyeku towns, Before, and across Lagos Lagoon, to Ikorodu.
The project will be the longest in Africa that will also create job opportunities, both direct and indirect for the people of Lagos.
See Full Statement Below:
ADDRESS DELIVERED BY MR. BABAJIDE OLUSOLA SANWO-OLU, GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE AT THE FIRST STAKEHOLDERS MEETING ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE 4TH MAINLAND BRIDGE HELD AT ADEYEMI BERO HALL ALAUSA – IKEJA ON TUESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2020.
Today is very significant in our joint effort to change the narrative of the socio-economic development of our State through the provision of critical infrastructure for sustainable prosperity. It, therefore, gives me great pleasure to welcome you all and address you as we jointly assess the environmental and social impact of the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge.
During the electioneering campaign, we deliberately included the 4th mainland bridge project as a key deliverable in our manifesto. As an administration, we decided to upgrade the project and develop a method to deliver this strategic piece of highway infrastructure. From inception, we have left no one in doubt about our commitment to ensure that this project becomes a reality.
The history of the 4th Mainland Bridge project goes back almost 15 years when it was first raised due to the ever-decreasing efficiency of the existing 3rd Mainland Bridge in addressing the transportation needs of a growing population. The 3rd Mainland Bridge was the first real piece of strategic infrastructure deployed in Lagos Metropolis and the proponents and developers of that project should be commended for their vision. Lagos today without the 3rd Mainland bridge is simply unimaginable. The project succeeded in giving Lagos a new lifeline through its connectivity between the Mainland and the Island.
In October, 2019, the process for the construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge was reactivated with the development of a 6-step process that will lead to the selection of a suitable concessionaire in line with global best practice.
To underscore the importance of sustaining the existing synergy amongst the various agencies of Government and the organised Private Sector, we appointed a dedicated “advisory team” comprising;
KPMG Nigeria (financial)
Olaniwun Ajayi (legal)
This “team” was given the task to collectively advise the Government, on the step by step process towards selecting a Consortium to deliver the project.
The “6 Step” process began on the 27th of November 2019 with the publication of an advertisement seeking “Expressions of Interest” (EoI) from interested consortium/contractors. Out of the 50 respondents, 32 were shortlisted thus concluding “Step 1” of the process.
On the 10th of February 2020, the “Step 2” process commenced with the issuance of the “Request for Qualification” (RfQ) document to the 32 shortlisted applicants. The “RfQ” process yielded 15 respondents out of which 10 progressed to full assessment. At the end of the assessment process, 6 Consortia were selected to proceed to the next phase of the process. The Consortia recommended and selected were;
Power China International Group Limited/Power Construction Corporation of China
China State Construction Engineering Corporation Nigeria Ltd. (CSCEC)
ICICTAS Insaat San ve Tic ASIConds INds And Trade Corp
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, this stakeholders engagement and consultation on Environmental and Social impact assessment holding today is a precursor to the third step which will involve issuing a “Request for Proposal” (RfP), to the 6 Consortia who will be required to present their respective financial proposals and methodologies for carrying out the project. It will be concluded with the selection of the “Preferred Bidder” and “2 Reserved Bidders”.
Step-4 of the process will see the “Preferred Bidder” and the “2 Reserved Bidders” being asked to provide a tender for the “Construction Cost” for the project. On completion of that process, the most attractive overall package presented by the 3 Bidders will proceed to “Step-5”, which is the “negotiating” phase and the issuing of a “Draft Concession Agreement” as well as “financial closure”. Then the process moves to “Step-6” which is awarding the Concession which will signal the commencement of construction work.
There is a need to review and evaluate the gains we have made so far, assess the bottlenecks we have encountered, and recommend necessary steps towards achieving our desired objective, which is the delivery of the Fourth Mainland Bridge.
It is instructive to note that the commencement of the project will be another undeniably flagship project of this administration.
We must therefore use this stakeholder’s meeting to consult amongst ourselves as we take steps to remove all the bottlenecks that may impede the delivery of 4th Mainland Bridge. All the components of Lagos mobility must be considered: Road planning, public transport integration and urban freight; Strengthening the current radial commuting connections towards Lagos urban core and the establishment of transversal connections that will serve both long-distance traffic (avoiding the metropolitan traffic) and also other connections within the Megacity which are not Lagos bound.
Let me assure you that the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge project has been well integrated into the overall Lagos Master Plan in relation to Transportation Infrastructure. The project allows for the first time “direct access” from the large suburb of Ikorodu to the Island and the Lekki Free Trade Zone area.
This stakeholder meeting is organised to open the project to further inputs, comments, ideas and observations for incorporation into the on-going social and environmental impact assessment. It is our belief that this meeting would boost the acceptability and implementation ratings of the 4th Mainland Bridge in line with global best practices. As a Government, I assure you that your comments and advice will be given due consideration as they will be beneficial and assist in the finalisation of the on-going procurement process.
I thank you for listening.
Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu
Governor of Lagos State,
Alausa – Ikeja.
29th September, 2020