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Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by autojosh: 2:30pm On Oct 31, 2019


Mobolaji Olufunso Johnson was the first Governor of Lagos State. He was the governor from 1960 to 1975. He is regarded as the architect of modern Lagos.

Within one year, the Johnson administration built the 5 Government Colleges in the State. His administration established its very first housing estate. He also established an industrial estate.

His administration gave the city of Lagos a new international look through the construction of highways, bridges, and other modern infrastructure.

Brigadier-General Johnson was renowned as a symbol of integrity, uprightness, and honesty in government.

Following the Coup d’état of July 1975, the administration of Murtala Mohammed commissioned a 3-man probe panel to investigate the various allegations of corruption against all the State Governors.

Moboloji Johnson was one of the 2 state Governors (along Brig-Gen Oluwole Rotimi) found not guilty of corruption.

Mobalaji Johnson died on October 30, 2019, at the age of 83 in his home.

Autojosh.com, in celebration of the life and times of the first Governor of Lagos state, highlights some key achievements in the road/transport sector of the Mobolaji Johnson administration.


Lagos–Badagry Expressway

During his 9 years stint as the Governor of Lagos State, Johnson constructed the 60.7-kilometer Lagos–Badagry Expressway.

The expressway links Nigeria with the neighbouring countries like Benin, Ghana, and Togo. Work commenced on the road in 1969 work commenced on . The Lagos – Badagry highway, and it was originally meant to be a single carriageway but was expanded to a double dual carriageway. It was completed and commissioned in 1973.


First Double Dual Carriage Way In Nigeria

In 1969, work commenced on the Lagos-Badagry expressway. The expressway was originally meant to be a single carriageway. However, when Brigadier-General Johnson visited the United States later that year, he came back with the inspiration to make Lagos – Badagry highway a double carriageway. The expressway was officially declared open by General Yakubu in 1973. It became the first-ever double carriageway in Nigeria.

A big display board was conspicuously positioned which dedicated the road to Lagos taxpayers, in order to encourage citizens to pay their taxes.



Ito-Ikin Bridge

In 1968, Brigadier-General Johnson built and commissioned the Ito-Ikin Bridge. The bridge links Epe to Ikorodu in Lagos State. This made it possible for people to travel from one part of Lagos state to the other without having to pass through a neighbouring Ogun State.

Also, people visiting Lagos from the South and Eastern states needed not to go through Sagamu anymore. Instead, they can come in through Ito-Ikin Bridge from Ibeju-Ede and straight to Lagos.



Marina waterfront Reclamation

The Mobolaji Johnson administration initiated the reclamation of the Marina waterfront when he sand-filled several meters into the shoreline.

This was necessary in order to build a public car park where people can park and take Ferry rides. Due to the exploding population, it was designed to make allowances for people who would ride in cars, park on the mainland and come by ferry into Lagos.



Eko Bridge

Mobolaji Johnson became governor after construction work had commenced on the Eko Bridge. But to his credit, he supervised and contributed to the conclusion of the Eko Bridge. Eko Bridge is one of three bridges connecting Lagos Island to the mainland, the other is the Third Mainland and Carter bridges. Eko bridge was built by Julius Berger Nigeria PLC. Incidentally, Mobolaji Johnson would later become the Chairman of Julius Berger PLC, a position he assumed in 1996.



Third Mainland Bridge

Mobolaji Johnson was a visionary that contributed to the idea of a bridge that connects Lagos Island and the Mainland. But the idea did not materialize during his reign as governor. The Thirdmainland bridge has constructed and completed during the Gen. Babangida-led Federal government and the Raji-Rasaki-led Lagos state government.


Source:

https://autojosh.com/mobolaji-johnson-4-key-achievements-of-the-first-governor-of-lagos-state/

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by autojosh: 2:31pm On Oct 31, 2019
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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by HospitalityDiva(f): 2:33pm On Oct 31, 2019
A beacon of honesty and integrity. Some very scarce qualities in governance today.

But then, what do I know.

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Dreal1247: 2:48pm On Oct 31, 2019
This Governor appears to be very pops amongst Lagosians.

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by iluvdonjazzy: 4:18pm On Oct 31, 2019
Wao that's nice
Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Freemanbobble: 7:06pm On Oct 31, 2019
Okay
Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by NonFarmPayrol: 7:06pm On Oct 31, 2019
Dreal1247:
This Governor appears to be very pops amongst Lagosians.

If subsequent governors had worked like jakande


Lagos would have gone far

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by olaolulazio(m): 7:06pm On Oct 31, 2019
The man try for bridge matter sha...

R.I.P

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by phantom(m): 7:07pm On Oct 31, 2019
Just like diette-spiff of rivers state. Those 60's to early 80's administrators were on a whole different stratosphere cheesy cheesy

It is also sad that none of the administrators who came after them especially the civilian governors were no match in anyway. God help us!

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by PureGoldh(m): 7:07pm On Oct 31, 2019
Nice bio
Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by SolarEdge: 7:08pm On Oct 31, 2019
RIP







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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Brandstudio01: 7:08pm On Oct 31, 2019
God Bless Lagos State

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Kala04(m): 7:09pm On Oct 31, 2019
Wow���

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Thisis2raw(m): 7:09pm On Oct 31, 2019
The few that meant well for this damned nation

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Nolongthing3669: 7:10pm On Oct 31, 2019
Not like someone :Bullion van

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by HajiMT: 7:10pm On Oct 31, 2019
Besides he was the longest serving governor from 1967 to 1975

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Nobody: 7:10pm On Oct 31, 2019
They've all achieved nothing for the state only their pockets

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Seequadry(m): 7:11pm On Oct 31, 2019
Rip baba
Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by davodyguy: 7:11pm On Oct 31, 2019
A lot of people may not know that where we call outer Marina was reclaimed from sandfilling of the water.

The inner Marina where UBA HQ is now was the water front, but the water was pushed back, hence the Eko bridge entoute from Western/Funsho Williams Avenue now links outer Marina

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Beremx(f): 7:12pm On Oct 31, 2019
And since he built the Lagos - Badagry expressway, no rehabilitation has taken place till now. The road is a total embarrassment.

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Afiahomes(m): 7:13pm On Oct 31, 2019
pickatyou:
They've all achieved nothing for the state only their pockets
e.g... undecided
Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by JubrinElSudan: 7:14pm On Oct 31, 2019
That train line that Buhari cancelled the contract

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by Igbodicool(m): 7:15pm On Oct 31, 2019
When men work for posterity. Not this generation of looters supported by zonebs. Just like the weeping governor of old Imo State! When who value integrity more than money. God must surely bless them dead or alive.
Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by okomile(f): 7:16pm On Oct 31, 2019
You sure resting in peace baba!
Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by crazygod(m): 7:18pm On Oct 31, 2019
Jakande is still the best governor Lagos ever had

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by tartar9(m): 7:20pm On Oct 31, 2019
We keep celebrating mediocrity,If all the years he governed those are his achievements.

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Re: Mobolaji Johnson: Achievements Of The First Governor Of Lagos State by theenchanter: 7:22pm On Oct 31, 2019
Some of these things listed are false! E.g 3rd Mainland Bridge.

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