Ikeja – The Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said on Monday that more roads would be rehabilitated next year.
He said that the state government was constrained by funds in rehabilitating roads across the state.
“Rehabilitating old roads and constructing new ones will depend on the vote for the sector in next year’s budget.
“By the time the 2012 budget is out, we will show our plan for road rehabilitation and we can call everybody, so that we can sit down to discuss,’’ Hamzat said.
The commissioner said contract for the rehabilitation of Ayobo–Idimu road had been awarded, adding that the repair work would soon be extended to Ijegun area.
Hamzat added:“ Deplorable roads are not peculiar to Ijegun; the government is only constrained by insufficient funds in rehabilitating them.
“The Ayobo-Idimu road has been awarded and the Ijegun road will be captured in the contract”.
Hamzat said priority was being given to roads which had heavy vehicular traffic in the rehabilitation programme of the government.
“We look at traffic in rehabilitating roads. Traffic counts for each of these roads and when the resources come, we pick them one after the other,’’ he said.
The commissioner urged residents and motorists to protect roads and other public infrastructure in their areas.
“As a people, we must take interest in our community and the infrastructure there as it is being done in other parts of the world.
“People dig up roads for one reason or the other and refuse to fill them up thereby slowing down traffic.
“Also, manhole covers are being removed and vandalized … they remove electric cables and these unpatriotic people get away with all these because nobody reports to the government,’’ Hamzat said. (NAN)