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LSPWC plans to concession roads maintenance


IN a bid to achieve its dream of a pothole-free Lagos, the State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) plans to concession the maintenance of some roads in the state to private investors.

Chairman of the Corporation Mr. Gbenga Akintola who disclosed this while unveiling the agency’s action plan for the year 2011 stated that the concessioning is part of the five-year roadmap aimed at fulfilling the vision of the agency to become the foremost road maintenance and rehabilitation body in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Our desire to reach as many places within the shortest possible time has necessitated adoption of concessioning of road maintenance in certain locations to private firms. “We believe that this approach is suitable for locations remote from LSPWC’s base here at Ojodu-Berger, so as to manage logistics more effectively, using the same direct labour system. Some of the Local Government Areas concerned are Badagry, Epe, Ojo, Amuwo-Odofin, Alimosho, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki and Ifako-Ijaiye. The Local Council Development Areas and Community Development Associations (CDAs) within the locations mentioned will also be involved in this programme”, Mr. Akintola stated.

The chairman who identified funding as a major challenge to his Corporation, said it (Corporation) is aware of the extent to which inadequacy of funds can affect the feasibility of its vision hence the agency intends to continuously seek ways of reducing dependence on government’s direct funding.

“We are at present anticipating the result of the initiative of the Federal Government to channel a percentage of revenue to road maintenance Agencies in states across the Federation. With this in view, we just might be making progress in addressing the challenge of inadequate funding” he.said.

Mr. Akintola who stated that a total of 130 roads have been done through palliative methods between August and November 2010 explained that most of them have been revisited for proper repair with asphalt.

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