By Emmanuel Elebeke
Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat has solicited the cooperation of communities where government projects are being located as this would lead to the overall development of the State.
The Commissioner made the appeal while on a one day tour of projects being undertaken by his ministry in the Epe area of Lagos state.
Dr. Hamzat maintained that the State government was desirous of harnessing full economic and tourism potentials of the Epe axis of the State, through meaningful developmental projects such as development of tourism sites that support hospitality business.
According to him, the take-off of the Marina shoreline reclamation contract, which was awarded about two years ago was stalled by some challenges posed by the host communities. He warned that lack of support will continue to deny people the benefit of projects.
According to the commissioner, the visit was aimed at effecting the plans of the present administration which had decided to engage directly with communities through the traditional institutions to forestall delays in the execution of projects designed to bring infrastructural development to their domain and impact on the people.
Hamzat who debunked the allegation of neglect by some Epe communities, said that the projects being undertaken in the area were at the instance of the communities and not at government’s whims. According to him, those who accuse the government of neglecting the area did not understand the process of determining which projects are executed in particular locations.
The Commissioner said there is a plan in place to ensure that the Division becomes a viable industrial axis in the State. He pledged the State government’s determination to ensure that a new water source capable of providing 700 million gallon is put in place.
He described the proposed Marina waterside, as a tourist attraction centre as well as historical issue, where Kosoko berthed when he came to Epe in 1851. This is why government is trying to harness its tourism potential.
Commenting further on the shoreline, the Works commissioner said the contract had already been awarded, with about 1.1 km in length and 100 metres in depth. He listed the benefits of the project to include shoreline protection, creation of recreational view where people can park and the children play.