Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed sole administrators of the 57 councils to submit 288 additional roads (four from each council) for construction from 2017.
The development followed the delivery of 114 roads constructed by Ambode’s administration across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas.
The Sole Administrator of Igando/Ikotun LCDA, Mr. Samuel Ajayi, broke the news yesterday at the inauguration of Osunba Street and Balogun Olanrewaju Road – two of the 114 roads.
Ajayi, while confirming the receipt of the directive from Ambode, said the development was unprecedented in the history of Lagos.
But speaking through his representatives at the inauguration of some of the roads, Ambode warned residents to resist the temptation to convert any of the 114 roads to venue for commercial purposes or parking lot for abandoned vehicles.
The governor said conversion of the roads to other uses other than for motorists would reduce their lifespan.
At the commissioning of Seriki Kemberi Road and Alhaji Rasak Street in Iba LCDA, the governor was represented by Mr. Oladele Adekanye, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos Chapter.
He lamented that some landlords did not set aside space within their structures for parking, saying: “Rather, they ask their tenants to park on the road.
“Allowing heavy static load on the road will reduce its lifespan. Good roads embellish the community. It would reduce flooding and residents would be able to live comfortably.”
Likewise, at the inauguration of Ojediran Shopitan and Taiwo Molajo streets both in Ikorodu West LCDA, Ambode said illegal breaking of roads, usage as automobile workshop, as well as refuse dump must stop henceforth.
Many other roads were also inaugurated in other councils.