By Dipo Olowookere
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has asked local council bosses in the state to submit to him more 288 roads in their localities for construction.
This is coming barely 48 hours after Mr Ambode commissioned 114 newly constructed roads across the state.
The Governor on Tuesday warned residents to resist the temptation to convert any of the newly constructed roads to venue for commercial purposes or parking lot for abandoned vehicles.
Speaking through his representatives at the various locations, Mr Ambode said that conversion of the roads to other uses other than for motorists would reduce its life span.
At the commissioning of Seriki Kemberi Road and Alhaji Rasak Street in Iba LCDA, the Governor was represented by Mr Oladele Adekanye, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos Chapter.
He lamented that some landlords in the state do not set aside space within their structures for parking, saying “rather, they ask their tenants to park on the road.
“Allowing heavy static load on the road will reduce the life span of the road. Good roads embellish the community. It would reduce flooding and residents would be able to live comfortably.”
Likewise, at the commissioning of Ojediran Shopitan and Taiwo Molajo streets both in Ikorodu West LCDA, Governor Ambode said illegal breaking of roads, usage as automobile workshop, as well as refuse dump, must stop henceforth on the new roads.
The Governor, who was represented by Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Bashorun at the commissioning of Ojediran Shopitan Street, noted that his government would not relent on its promise of an all inclusive government, boosting economic activities in the state, as well as guaranteeing safety of lives and properties of residents.
At Taiwo Molajo Street, member of the House of Assembly, Hon Abiodun Tobun who represented the Governor, urged residents to protect public utilities in their neighbourhood.
In Igando/Ikotun LCDA, the governor represented by Oba Onilado of Ilado, HRH Oba Mobadenle Oyekan, handed over newly constructed Osunba Street, near the Igando market in Alimosho area of the state.
Also commissioned in Igando/Ikotun LCDA by the Governor, represented by Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi of Igando, was Balogun Olanrewaju Road in Central Igando.
Sole Administrator of Igando/Ikotun LCDA, Mr Samuel Ajayi at the event, revealed that Governor Ambode had directed the 57 councils to submit 288 additional roads (four from each council) for construction consideration from 2017.
Mr Ajayi confirmed the receipt of a directive from Governor Ambode to submit four new roads for construction, a development he described as unprecedented in the history of Lagos.
At the commissioning of Apa Palace Road and Kweme Road both in Badagry West LCDA, Governor Ambode urged all stakeholders in the communities across the State to cultivate the habit of timely reportage of suspicious movement around them to security agencies to nip in the bud any potential security situation.
He said there was great need for community leaders to assist security agencies to address the menace of cultism, kidnapping, miscreants, vandalism and hoodlums by providing timely information.
Speaking through the Alapa of Apa Kingdom, HRM Oba Oyekan Adekanmi Ajose and a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Badagry Constituency I, Mr Olanrewaju Layode, Governor Ambode said the 114 roads initiative was in fulfilment of the social pact which he signed with the people during the electioneering and his inaugural speech of running a system in which the “greatest good shall reach the greater majority of the people.”
In Eti-Osa Local Government Area, the Governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Sports, Mr Deji Tinubu, commissioned Ologolo Road, while Hon. Tajudeen Olusi did likewise at the Oba Elegushi Road, Ilasan.
Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami who represented Governor Ambode at the commissioning of Oribanwa to Lakowe Link Road in Ibeju Lekki Local Government said the 114 roads was a phenomenal achievement in the history of Lagos State.
At the handover of Iberekodo Road in Eleko, also in Ibeju Lekki, Governor Ambode who spoke through a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abdulkabir Aiyeola urged residents to ensure that the infrastructure stands the test of time.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun and Chairman, Health Service Commission, Dr. Bayo Adeniyi who both represented Governor Ambode at the commissioning of Thomas Street and Evans Street, both in Lagos Island East Local Government respectively said the roads more roads in the area would be given a facelift next year.
Governor Ambode also inaugurated Coker/Lafenwa Street and Ifoshi/Fadu Street in Ejigbo LCDA, and was represented by Professor Tunde Samuel, a former Special Adviser on Education and Kehinde Bamigbetan, his Special Adviser on Communities and Communication.
Similarly, the Governor also commissioned Balogun Street, Kuje and Dillion Street, both in Oriade LCDA and Omoalade Alafia and Oloruntoyin/Jebina Streets in Bariga Local Government, where he was represented by Alhaja Ali Ogundeji, Chairman, Ojo Community Development Council, Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi, member House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Abiru and Mr Sanya Ajayi respectively.