Posted by Joshua Bassey | 26 November 2018 | 905 times
The Lagos State Government on Sunday directed contractors to speed up work on major ongoing projects in order to bring relief to motorists and residents.
There have been an unusual slow down on major infrastructure projects in the state since Governor Akinwunmi Ambode failed to secure the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) governorship ticket to seek reelection in 2019.
Ambode lost the party’s to Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The expansion of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway is now effectively abandoned, as the contractor- CCEC had since left site, leaving some sections of the road in a terrible state of disrepair, with motorists and commuters groaning daily.
Construction work on other projects such as the Airport Road expansion, Oshodi Transport Interchange, Agege Pen Cinema flyover has been slowed down significantly.
But speaking during his visits to some project sites yesterday, Adebowale Akinsanya, the commissioner for works and infrastructure, said that the government was not was in the know of the difficulties being experienced by motorists, and that efforts were on to bring it under control.
He said with the rains subsiding, residents should expect increased pace of work by contractors handling various projects, the government remains committed to delivering the projects.
He said: “I have just inspected the progress of work on Airport Road, Pen Cinema Flyover, Oshodi Transport Interchange, Onikan Stadium, Oshodi-Abule-Egba Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and JK Randle Centre For Yoruba Culture and History.
“The inspection tour is at the instance of the governor, Akinwunmi Ambode who equally given contractors handling various projects across the state matching orders to expedite work.
He said the projects are embarked upon to align the state with the league of cities with world class infrastructures thus making Lagos to be globally competitive, adding that the gains of the investment of the present administration in provision of critical infrastructure would soon be positively felt on a large scale in all sectors.
On the traffic situation, the commissioner said while potholes were being fixed, the traffic management team of the state government had equally jerked up activities, adding that other initiatives were being put in place to address the situation with the urgency required.
“As I speak to you, the Public Works Corporation has intensified their rehabilitation of potholes across the State. We were initially held back by the rains, but with the dry season now, more roads have been covered in the last one month and we appeal to Lagosians to be patient, if you have not seen them in your area, they will get their soon,” he assured.
•Sourced from a BusinessDay report
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