By Olasunkanmi Akoni
IKEJA- Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, has said the state plans to expand Lagos–Ikorodu Road and construct a new road to link the town with Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by Ojodu- Berger.
Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary, Office of Infrastructure in the state, Wasiu Olokunola, who spoke at the 2011 lecture on “Entrepreneurship Opportunities in the Civil Engineering Profession,” urged young engineering graduates to reduce their dependency on white-collar jobs by embracing programmes and activities that would make them self- reliant.
Hamzat, who spoke on a radio programme, yesterday, said the plan was informed by the large population of people in the axis and the need to ensure unhindered movement of goods, services and part of strategy to bring succour and relief to residents of Ikorodu and its environs.
He said work on the expansion of the current route would begin soon and would include the creation of an exclusive carriage for BRT route. He added that Ojodu-Berger-Ikorodu route was being mapped to avoid extensive demolition that a present route plan entails.
While calling on the Federal Government to protect the roads by providing train services to undertake haulage of goods and services, he said the use of heavy duty vehicles in movement of goods and services was having untold consequences on roads across the country.
Delivering the lecture, organised by the state Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers in Lagos, Olokunola said that engineering offers vast opportunities across its wide spectrum of specialisation, adding that the nation offers engineers more opportunities that were yet to be tapped.