Sanwo-olu in­au­gu­rates 31 roads to tackle grid­lock

The Punch - - PHOTO NEWS - Sam­son Fo­larin

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.”

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