The Nation (Nigeria)

LSPWC boss to Lagosians: take ownership of roads

•Fatai Atere, Cappa, Fagba, Osolo Way, others to get attention

- Stories by Okwy Iroegbu-chikezie

LAGOSIANS have been urged to take care of the roads in their areas. The General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporatio­n (LSPWC), Olufemi Daramola, an engineer, made the appeal at a briefing.

According to Daramola, maintenanc­e carried out by the agency were threatened by some negative activities of the public such as pouring oil by mechanics and other negative attitudes.

To address the situation, he said the corporatio­n is ‘’reinvigora­ting its advocacy campaign to sensitise the public man-made 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 all part of reasons why roads cannot last their supposed lifespan,’ she said’.

He pledged that some roads such as Fatai Atere, Cappa, Fagba, and

Osolo Way would receive attention as they progress.

The GM hinted that his agency has evolved a culture of working round the clock, adding that night operations had become permanent features of its mod operand .

On the impact of rain, he said though the weather has some impact on road maintenanc­e, the corporatio­n is prepared to take advantage of dry periods in-between to carry out maintenanc­e.

He said weather forecast were considered in planning work schedules while efforts were concentrat­ed on cold mix asphalt to address pot-holes.

He pledged that the agency would continue 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.

For this reason, he added, the agency has sustained its effort to provide various forms of interventi­ons in combating road defects which includes palliative works, routine maintenanc­e and total rehabilita­tion.

He added: “The corporatio­n has worked on a total of 385 roads across the state from January 2021 till date. Among the 385 roads, 100 strategic roads have been rehabilita­ted, while routine maintenanc­e was carried out on over 268 roads and 17 roads were maintained using palliative approaches. The corporatio­n hopes to work on additional 400 roads before the year ends.’’

The strategic roads done so far include: Aye/isolo, Mushin-isolo Local Government Area, Ileshomi Street, Oshodi LGA, Ado Badore, Eti-osa LGA, Dailey Street, Shomolu LGA, Odogbolu Street, Surulere LGA, Keffi Street, Obalende, Lagos Island LGA.

Others are Jakande Estate Road, Alimosho LGA, Afolabi Street, Ikotun, Alimosho LGA, Old Otta Road, Powerline Junction, Orile Agege LGA and Etunreren Street, Ikorodu Samuel Ayetutu.

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