By Kingsley ADEGBOYE
MOTORISTS who have gone through hell plying the Ikotun-Idimu road may soon heave a sigh of relief. This is because Messrs Plycon Nigeria Limited, the construction handling the project has pledged to complete work on the road in February 2011. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Idimu, the company said the project is progressing satisfactorily.
The meeting which had in attendance, the Obas and Chiefs of the communities, Local Community Development Associations (LCDAs), Lagos State Ministry of Works representatives and other stakeholders in the communities, offered stakeholders opprtunity to make their inputs and ask questions bordering on the construction of the road. the meeting was also an opportunity for stakeholders to chart a progressive way to accelerate the completion of the road which has caused untold hardship to commuters in the area.
A spokesman for the contractors, Mr. Kunle Famous_Cole said the town hall meeting was necessitated by the need to keep the communities abreast of the developments on the road project. ‘We understand the growing frustrations of the people in the area but we want the communities in Egbeda, Ikotun and Idimu to know that our expertise influenced the state government’s decision to award the job to us.
As professionals, we at Plycon do not rush nor compromise the quality of our construction work. We believe in taking time to study our environment of operation, doing what is best for the community and most importantly, we believe in carrying the host community along in our construction plans.”
“The Ikotun road was awarded to us in September and we mobilised to site in October. Since then, our team of engineers have conducted feasibility studies and have completed the pre construction phase. The project is currently at an appreciable percentage. We hope to deliver one side of the road from Moshalasi to Idimu roundabout before Christmas; while the walkways and median curb repair, fire hydrant and streetlight installation will be on going.
We are confident to deliver the road a hundred percent by February 2011. Keeping to deadline is one of the hallmarks of PNL and this particular road project is on track to be completed by the scheduled date provided all logistics are finalised by the relevant stakeholders,” he said.
The Eletu Ikosi of Idimu, Chief Habeeb Ola Sadiq said the meeting had cleared the air on who was handling the project and at what stage Plycon was brought in. ‘They have given us their construction schedule and we hope our road will be completed soon.”
Upon completion, the Ikotun-Idimu road will have pedestrian sidewalks, proper drainage to check flooding, strategically placed fire hydrants for emergencies and improve the free flow of traffic on the ever busy road.