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Roads construction: Lagos seeks collaboration with communities

By Kingsley Adegboye

The Lagos State Government has called on communities where road and other infrastructure development projects are located to partner with it  to quickly deliver such projects.

The Special Adviser to Governor Fashola on Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson, an Engineer, made this call at the stakeholder’s meeting with residents of Yaya Abatan Street and College Road in Ifako Ijaiye area. The meeting was to intimate them with government’s planned upgrade and rehabilitation of the road.

He noted that the regeneration will not only improve the quality of life but also positively affect property values in the area. The Special Adviser who said the project would be executed in phases,  explained that it is only when the people forge an alliance with the government that projects will be delivered on time.

He added that the partnership involves the resolution of the various issues that may delay the take off of the project. He cited the issue of the establishment of the right of way which will involve the demolition of walls and some gate houses for which the government was soliciting support.

While stating that remediation for any demolished structure will take cognizance of title documents and involve valuation by other Agencies, Mr.. Johnson assured that the overall interest of all will drive the resolution of the issues raised.

In a related development, the Ministry has described the allegation of slow pace of work on Meiran-Ajasa as inaccurate stating that it was too early in the life of the project that is just two months old to come to such conclusion.


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