Lagos Roads: Sanwo-Olu Orders Immediate Repairs
By Ufuoma Egbamuno
The cries and groaning of Lagosians over the state of roads in most parts of the state may be over soon as the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the start of construction work on critical roads and highways across the state.
This directive comes after a final meeting with contractors which lasted for about three hours on Sunday.
The state of roads across the state had deteriorated so much with many residents, who have called on Nigeria Info’s various current affairs programmes, decrying the situation. Others have taken to social media to express their displeasure with the state of the roads which has led to heavy traffic congestions in most areas.
Speaking after Sunday’s meeting, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he was not unaware of the pain experienced by road users in the past few days, which was compounded by persistent downpour. He appealed to residents to bear with the government while efforts were being made to ease their pains and bring permanent relief to them.
According to the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, some of the critical highways and roads to be constructed include the Ojota stretch of the Ikorodu Road; Motorways-Kudirat Abiola Way; Apogbon Highway; and Babs Animashaun Road.
Others are Agric/Ishawo Road; Ijede Road in Ikorodu; and Lekki-Epe Expressway from Abraham Adesanya to Eleko Junction. She also added that there would be massive re-construction work on a network of roads in Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA and Victoria Island.
Asides the major construction on highways, Governor Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) would be carrying out repairs of 116 inner roads across the State. According to him, this is in addition to over 200 roads already rehabilitated by LSPWC in the last three months.
In a related development, the Lagos governor said officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be working round the clock to control traffic on the areas where the construction would take place. He insisted that all eight engineering firms – selected for this task - have been given the mandate to immediately commence work on the identified roads from Monday, the 14th of September.