The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, commissioned the 2.1 km Ejigbo-Ajao Link Road in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area, just as he named the two bridges on the road as “January 27 Link Bridge” in memory of the victims of the 2002 Ikeja bomb blast.
The Governor led guests on January 27, 2014, Monday, to observe a minute silence in honour of over 1,000 victims of the horrible incident, exactly 12 years ago.
He said such a tragedy in the Oke-Afa canal was avoidable if the authorities in charge had been alive to their responsibilities.
“… The National Government led by the Peoples Democratic Party failed to do its duties. There is no other excuse for it. That was their responsibility to manage bombs and explosives and to look after the Nigerian military, but they dropped the bombs.
“Since then, they have pretended as if nothing was wrong.”
Gov. Fashola lamented, saying the incident prompted his government to intervene by rebuilding the schools and hospitals located within the Ikeja Cantonment which were destroyed by the incident.
“My predecessor promised you that day that a bridge will be built to link Ejigbo to Ajao Estate. I have come here today to fulfil that promise,” he affirmed.
The Governor further blasted the Federal Government for turning a blind eye to roads in the area, which, according to him, were damaged by the activities of tankers lifting fuel from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s depot in Ejigbo.
“It shows the kind of respect and concern that the party that manages the Federal Government has for you, they will come back to you and ask for votes,” Gov. Fashola stated.