The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday said the state government would complete the ongoing construction of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, adding that the delay in completing work on the road was based on the government’s plan to build a first-class infrastructure.
The governor stated this as he unveiled a locally assembled full electric car, saying it would ease the pressure on the use of petroleum products.
The vehicle, Hyundai Kona, is said to be Nigeria’s first locally-assembled full electric car, and was manufactured by the Stallion Group Automobile.
Speaking at the unveiling of Hyundai Kona in the Ojo area, Sanwo-Olu said the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, when completed, would last for about 30 to 40 years.
The governor said, “I want to assure you that the Lagos-Badagry Expressway would be completed. The road was just a two-lane way, but the government has turned it into 10 lanes, five on both sides. We are completely rebuilding the road, with bridges and interchanges. We are building a road that will last for 30 to 40 years for you. And because we know that this is an international gateway, it does not deserve anything less.
“We are not just launching Hyundai Kona, Nigeria’s first electric car assembled in Lagos; we are indeed empowering and creating youth employment. This is 21st Century technology that has been brought into our country. With hardcore manufacturing companies like Stallion Group Automobile, we can begin to see the need to de-emphasise mono product, which is oil.”
The Managing Director of the Stallion Group, Rohtagi Manish, said that the innovation of a full electric car was a step towards an eco-friendly green Lagos.
Manish said that the materials used to assemble Nigeria’s first 100 per cent electric zero emission car, were mostly sourced from local resources.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the vehicle, when fully charged for 9hours, 35mins, would travel a distance of 482Kilometres, which is the equivalent of Lagos to Warri, Delta State, before it would require charging again.