By Gboyega Akinsanmi
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday lamented slow execution of road projects in different parts of the state, thereby directing the contractors to put palliatives in place to reduce what the residents were going through.
Likewise, the governor acknowledged that some of the contractors had completed the first phase of the project they were executing, though pointed that their second phases “are too critical to the residents of the states.”
He expressed concerns while inspecting different road project in Alimosho, Bariga and Oshodi alongside the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olatunji Bello and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Bade Ajibade among others.
The permanent secretary, who gave overview of the road projects in Alimosho, explained that the contractor “has completed the first phase of the road. We have rated the contractor 20 percent. We also wrote several letters to him, but have not got any reply to our letters.”
After the inspection, Ambode expressed disappointment at the slow pace of work by the contractors, noting that although the contractor “has completed the first phase but the second phase is too critical to the residents of the state.”
The governor explained that the state government “will not accept anything that will make life unbearable for the residents of Lagos. They have explained that they had challenges relocating some of the services on the road.
“But what is very important to us is that they must create palliatives while to work continues. This government will do everything possible to make life comfortable for the residents of the state.”
He thus pledged to complete the Ipaja-Ayobo road in the next three months, noting that the state government “will work with the contractor to speed up the commencement of construction work on the fire station and mini-water works and completion of the mini-stadium.”
On Camp David road, the governor thanked the residents of the area “for their tolerance over the years on the road. I want to assure the residents that this road will be done immediately. The contractor handling the Ipaja-Ayobo road has commence work on the road.
“We will send our engineer to look at the road. We will work on the abandoned jetty at the end of the road to provide another means of transportation to the residents of Ipaja-Ayobo. I want to appeal to residents to bear with us while the work last. The residents of Alimosho deserve more than the road.”
Source: This Day