By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Following the approval of N20 Billion by the Federal Government for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu–Sagamu Express way, Senator.
Gbenga Ashafa has urged government to ensure immediate commencement and early completion of the project on the interest of the public.
Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Land Transport, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, for the approval.
According to a statement by Ashafa, “On behalf of the good and hardworking people of Lagos East Senatorial District in general and the good people of Ikorodu in particular, I seize this opportunity to commend President Buhari and Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Fashola on the recent approval of the sum of N20 Billion for the rehabilitation of the Ikorodu – Shagamu road. We called and you answered.”
“I also thank His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode our dear Governor for the role he has played at the executive level in ensuring the approval of the funding for the construction/rehabilitation of this project.
“I am deeply excited because, the completion of this project would greatly improve the quality of life of our constituents, by easing the stress they currently face commuting that route while also easing the stress on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, by serving as a viable alternative to commuters. I am confident that work would commence in earnest towards the speedy completion of this important infrastructural project soonest.
“Having observed the perennial strain and discomfort that the above stated road project has caused our teeming constituents, I led the clamour of other legislators from the Lagos East Senatorial District via my letter dated 24th July, 2017 in urging the Hon. Minister for Power, Works and Housing to prioritize the award of the said project.
The minister graciously directed the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry to respond vie a letter dated 18th October, 2017 with Reference Number: DDHMS/CR/62/NASS/111/409 confirming that the said project has been prioritized and that the procurement process for the project had indeed commenced. Approval of funding by the Federal Executive Council therefore marks the end of the award process.”
Ashafa therefore, expressed his excitement with regards to the positive effect of the road construction on the people of Ikorodu as well as his confidence in the Federal Government to ensure the speedy completion of the project.