Lagos to Solve Bad Roads Scientifically
By Dipo Olowookere
It is no news that roads in Lagos States are not the way they used to be during the administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola, who is now the Minister of Works and Housing.
In the immediate past government of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the roads became very bad that some motorists had to abandon their vehicles due to constant damage.
When the present administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu came into office in May 2019, one of the first executive orders he signed was to address bad roads spread across the state.
Though repairs have started on some of the roads, there are still many not touched by the government agency tasked with the responsibility of fixing them, giving users nightmares and causing heavy vehicular gridlocks.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, has revealed that the incessant failure of newly constructed and rehabilitated roads before their expected lifespan would be addressed swiftly and scientifically.
Mrs Adeyoye made this disclosure while addressing a stakeholders meeting held to fashion out ways to reduce the wastage of resources occasioned by incidents of reworking already completed projects because such practice impacted negatively on government resources.
She opined that road failures largely result from the use of substandard materials, stating that henceforth, Standard Operating Procedures will be spelt out in all construction projects executed by either the Public Works Corporation or Contractors.
“The Standard Operating Procedures would ensure that necessary tests and calibration of materials to be deployed at every stage of construction such as soil-cement, concrete mixtures, interlocking pavement blocks and asphalt are conducted in world-class laboratories and properly signed off as having satisfied the international best practices benchmark,” Mrs Adeyoye said.
“We want to go out and fix failed roads but we must ensure that we get it right so that funds hitherto channelled at reworking roads can be deployed to other projects,” she added.