Govt of Lagos. modernizes 56 roads, others on the island




By Grace Alegba

The Lagos State Government has announced that it will modernize 56 roads and rebuild drains, street lighting and Massey Children’s Hospital as part of the ongoing action plan to rebuild / modernize roads and others state infrastructure.

Ms Aramide Adeyoye, the Governor’s Special Advisor for Works and Infrastructure, said this during a stakeholder meeting on the reconstruction / modernization of Adeniji Adele Road, Oke Polo / Tata streets on Lagos Island.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the event was hosted by the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

Adeyoye said that the renewal / upgrading of infrastructure in the state started about 20 months ago, but the action plan for the northern region of Lagos Island, to modernize infrastructure and tame the flooding on the axis, started six months ago.

“The program we have is cross-cutting, so it’s not like we’re focusing on a local government or a senatorial district.

“I have the joy and the privilege to announce that it is the time of the island of Lagos; this is Lagos Central time, ”she said.

She said the reconstruction / upgrading of the 2.2 km Adeniji Adele Road and the 1.069 km Tapa Street were among the strategic roads first considered because they provided access to the new Massey Children’s Hospital. in construction.

“We will try to regenerate this place, which is why it is called the Lagos North Region Action Plan, and we will start with the roads, the hospitals and then the others.

“The plans we have for the roads on Lagos Island are grandiose but they start in one day, no government can finish it all; we’re going to do it in stages and in layers, ”she said.

She said 17 roads, built about 17 years ago on the axis, all failed because residents made drainage outlets as waste disposal points, exacerbating flooding and rapid road degeneration. .

Adeyoye said the degradation caused a lot of hardship for road users, hence the re-employment of Julius Berger, who built the original network of roads to manage the project.

She called on residents to stop blocking sewers and canals to change the narrative of heavy flooding and bad roads on Lagos Island.

She said most of the bad roads on Lagos Island are problems with drainage, adding that good roads require free drains.

“This project is ours and we have to take ownership from the start,” she said.

Adeyoye pledged to ensure minimal demolition of houses on the right-of-way of the reconstruction / upgrading of Adeniji Adele road and the alignment of the Oke Polo / Tata streets project.

She said interlocking stones with improved thickness would be used for the projects to ensure durability.

Giving a brief overview of the project, Mr. Tokunbo Ajanaku, project manager at the Lagos State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, said the road network is part of the government’s efforts to support the island’s greatness of Lagos.

He explained the interconnectivity of Adeniji Adele Road and Oke Polo / Tata Streets with other roads on the axis.

Mr. Rotimi Thomas, permanent secretary of the Office of Infrastructure, said the three roads were strategic for the region’s economic growth.

Thomas said the project will create jobs, resolve persistent flooding and traffic jams on the axis, and improve connectivity.

Mr. Gbenga Osunlana, an official of Julius Berger, the project contractor, promised that the company would deliver “a project that can stand the test of time.” (NOPE)


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