By Dipo Olowookere
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has reiterated his administration’s commitment towards pursuing projects and programmes that are driven by the needs of the communities in all the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State.
Mr Ambode, who stated this in Lagos on Monday at the commissioning of Etal Memunat Ayodeji Road, one of the 114 newly constructed roads in the State situated within Onigbogbo Local Council Development Area, explained that his government would always be driven by the needs of the majority in the society.
The Governor, represented by the State Head of Service, Mrs Olabowale Ademola at the commissioning, pointed out that the 114 road projects represents another major landmark in the annals of progressive governance in Lagos State as well as a translation of the concept of inclusive governance into a reality.
His words, “today we celebrate the transition of that vision to action, the transformation of our dream to reality. Across the length and breadth of our State, from the nooks in Badagry to the crannies of Igbonla, from the corners of Odeomi to the creeks of Ikorodu, a new Lagos emerges at the centre and peripheries. It is a Lagos with 56.1kilometers of standard new roads. It is a Lagos with more than 112kilometers of walkways and covered drainages. It is indeed a new Lagos with more than 56kilometers of independently-powered streetlights to enhance the security of our neighbourhoods and elevate Lagos as the megacity of shimmering lights and economy.”
He noted that the construction was borne out of the need to make Lagos economy the most viable in the country by investing more than 19 billion of the State and Local governments’ funds in the infrastructural renewal that the 114 road projects represent.
“We started this journey by asking our communities through the Community Development Associations to identify the roads in need of improvement in their areas. We received hundreds of requests and picked two each per local government to make 114 roads across the State. To ensure transparency and accountability, we established a bidding process in line with international best practices that produced 89 indigenous contractors,” Mr Ambode said.
The Governor averred that the streetlights of the new roads would be powered by the Community Development Associations in appreciation of their role as well as a gesture of the commitment of the State government to encourage communities to take ownership of their projects.
While appealing to elders, youths and residents of the local government to jealously guard the infrastructure provided by government so that additional projects could come to their communities, the Governor also enjoined royal fathers, traditional chiefs, Community Development Associations, market men and women and other stakeholders in the various communities to address the menace of cultism, kidnapping, miscreants, vandalism and hoodlums by providing timely information to the security agencies.