The Guardian (Nigeria)

Lagos asks residents to protect roads, targets 400 new ones

- By Jesutomi Akomolafe

THE Lagos State Public Works Corporatio­n has called on Lagos residents to take responsibi­lity for looking after their roads to complement government’s effort to rehabilita­te road defects across the state.

General Manager of the Corporatio­n, Olufemi Daramola, an engineer, , who disclosed this while briefing newsmen, stressed that the agency had already worked on 385 roads across the state from January 2021 till date, to tackle gridlock and reduce travel time.

According to him, maintenanc­e work carried out by the Agency are threatened by activities of residents and road users which cause avoidable damage to roads

Among the 385 roads, he said, 100 strategic roads were rehabilita­ted, while routine maintenanc­e was carried out on over 268 roads and 17 roads were maintained using palliative approaches.

Some of the strategic roads done so far include: Aye/ Isolo, Mushin- Isolo LGA, Ileshomi Street, Oshodi LGA, Ado Badore, EtiOsa LGA, Dailey Street, Shomolu LGA, Odogbolu

Street, Surulere LGA, Keffi Street, Obalende, Lagos Island LGA, Jakande Estate Road, Alimosho LGA, Afolabi Street, Ikotun, Alimosho LGA, Old Otta Road, Powerline Junction, Orile Agege LGA and Etunreren Street, Ikorodu

In its bid to address the situation, he said, that the corporatio­n was “reinvigora­ting its advocacy campaign to sensitise the public on human causes of road damage, with a view to inspiring the people to take ownership of the roads’

’‘’ Habits such as burning of items on the road, discharge of waste water on the road, removal of manhole covers, excessive axle load, cooking on roads, indiscrimi­nate cutting of roads and dumping of refuse in drains are some of reasons why roads cannot last their lifespan,” he said.

On the Corporatio­n’s preparedne­ss to discharge its duties, even in the rainy season, the General Manager hinted that his agency has evolved a culture of working round the clock, adding that night operations have become permanent features of its operations, even though most maintenanc­e activities still take place in day time.

Daramola noted that even though weather conditions have some impact on road maintenanc­e, the corporatio­n is prepared to take full advantage of dry periods in- between to carry out maintenanc­e operations.

He also said that weather forecasts are usually considered in planning work schedules while efforts to mix cold asphalt would be extensivel­y utilised to address pot- holes even in the absence of elemental weather.

Daramola further said that the administra­tion of Governor Babajide SanwoOlu continued to support the corporatio­n to rapidly attack road defects, especially on strategic roads with high vehicular movement where pot holes and failed sections slow down movement, thereby impacting negatively on economic and social activities in the state. He said the agency, has for this reason, sustained its effort to provide various forms of interventi­ons in combating road defects, which includes palliative works, routine maintenanc­e and total rehabilita­tion, as well as planned to rehabilita­te 400 roads across the state within the next five months.

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