Sanwo-olu inaugurates 31 roads to tackle gridlock
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu, on Monday inaugurated 31 completed roads in Ojokoro, a densely populated suburb in the Ifako-ijaiye Local Government Area of the state.
The contract for the roads, which adds up to a total of 20.216 kilometres in length, was awarded in 2017 in two phases.
however, construction work was stalled shortly after, leaving the roads in a deplorable condition.
On assumption of office, the governor was said to have reviewed the contract for the roads and promised to complete them before the end of December.
Six months after, the governor fulfilled the promise.
he said the state completed the roads to relieve residents the agony brought about by perennial gridlock, adding that opening the roads would reduce travel time on the Lagosabeokuta Expressway.
he said, “Ojokoro Local Council Development Area is a strategic settlement with a fast-growing population and huge-need for infrastructural renewal. The construction of the 31 network of roads was specifically executed to offer traffic relief to residents of this rapidly developing area.
“This development will improve socio-economic activities and road connectivity within the area. Prior to the completion of these important projects, traffic in the Ojokoro area grew tremendously considering the high rate of the population growth and its attendant vehicular density. Now that we have completely transformed the roads, it is time for relief as we fulfill the promise we made to residents.”
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, urged the populace to protect the roads by ensuring that drainage channels were not blocked with refuse.
She said, “The construction of this strategic network of roads has been completed and delivered with improved features, which include reinforced concrete drains, cover slabs and walkways on both sides of the road.
“There are also lay-bys and some major parts of the areas also have some major public utilities, such as electric poles, transformers and streetlights with generators. The street lightings have started to make positive impact on security, night life and the local economy.”