President Bola Tinubu has flagged off the construction of the 700km Lagos-Calabar coastal road.

The event took place in the Victoria Area of Lagos State on Sunday and was attended by top government dignitaries including the Minister of Works Dave Umahi, and Senate President Godswill Akpabio among others.

President Tinubu expressed optimism that the road will be completed, describing the flag-off as his “bragging day”

He said the project is a beacon of hope to Nigerians as it will connect communities, and bring jobs to people.

President Tinubu also applauded Umahi for his efforts thus far in the project, saying when completed, it would be of immense benefit to the country’s tourism space.

Since the commencement of the project in March, several high-profile Nigerians especially members of the opposition have faulted it as the government earmarked N15 trillion for the project.

Claims of a lack of transparency in the awarding of the project, the cost as well as the demolition of structures have continued to make headlines.