Lagos – Lagos State government on Wednesday said that it has completed the construction and rehabilitation of 450 major roads and 50 other impactful projects in the last three years to make life comfortable for residents and visitors as well as build a sustainable environment.
Adebowale Akinsanya, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, stated this at the Ministerial Press Briefing held at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Ikeja, as part of activities to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration.
He said aside the completed projects, several others were at various stages of completion and would contribute to the vision to make Lagos Africa’s model smart city and global economic and financial hub.
He said provision of world-class infrastructure to support the growing population of the state had been one of the cardinal programmes of the Ambode administration, and that it was gratifying that the effort was serving the intended purpose.
“In the course of the three years, we have vigorously pursued the maintenance of existing roads, the rehabilitation and expansion of highways, as well as the construction of new bridges. We have continually worked to deliver projects that will directly impact on the lives of all Lagosians
“This commitment to infrastructure renewal, expansion, upgrade and regeneration is borne out of the fact that an efficient and integrated transportation system can only be birthed through the provision of appropriate infrastructure.
“Roughly for the past three years, if you look at the major road projects and others we have embarked on and completed, I can conveniently reveal that we have done between 450 and 500, and we still have a lot in stock for the people. In terms of the ongoing, we have about 60 or 70 projects,” Akinsanya said.
Akinsanya said the state government delivered pedestrian bridges, laybys and slip road at Ojodu Berger; delivered the Jubilee Bridge and adjourning roads at Abule Egba; constructed Jubilee Flyover at Ajah and replaced the Ajah roundabout with signalised intersection; and rehabilitated Freedom Road and Admiralty Road in Lekki.
The state, he added, completed 21 Lagos-Ogun boundary roads with two bridges; constructed Aradagun-Iworo-Ajido Bridge in Badagry; rehabilitated and upgraded arterial roads in Epe and Omotayo Banwo/Kola Iyaomolere Road, as well as Alapere Road and junction improvement works in Ketu, five new pedestrian bridges, among others.
Akinsanya said the phase one of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane from Oshodi to Abule-Egba was at 55 per cent completion stage, and that government was working towards delivering it between September and October this year, while the Multi-Agency Office Complex in Alausa was also progressing.
Towards improving on the achievements recorded so far, he said the state government was putting plans together to implement 10 major projects in 2018, including construction of 4th Mainland Bridge, Opebi-Ikorodu Road/3rd Mainland axis link bridge, dualisation of Lekki-Epe Expressway from Eleko Junction to T-Junction in Epe, upgrading of Adeniji Adele Road, Agboyi Ketu Road, Ishefun-Camp Davis Road, Oke-Ira-Nla-Saliu Obodo/Mojeed Road, Glover Memorial Hall and expansion of Lagos-Badagry Expressway (Okokomaiko-Seme Boarder segment).
Temidayo Erinle, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Works and Drainages, who spoke on activities of Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) in the last one year, said the corporation carried out major rehabilitation works on 31 roads, out of which 23 were completed, seven ongoing and one just approved for execution.
He said palliative work, including patching and sectional over-lay, were carried out on 115 roads, while to curtail flooding, the government introduced an initiative for clearing and maintenance of all primary outfall, secondary and tertiary drainage channels across the State out of which 10 major ones are being been attended to.
Mrs. Olayemi Oni, General Manager, Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA), on her part, said in the last one year, the government, through the agency, alleviated the problem of towers and masts structure collapse through consistent monitoring and compliance to ethical value and standard.
She said that 16 illegal and abandoned masts had been decommissioned, while urging telecommunication operators having such masts to report to the agency or risk similar fate.