July 10, 2024

Lagos fixed 393 roads in H1 2024 — LSPWC

Lagos fixed 393 roads in H1 2024 — LSPWC

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government (LASG) says it has fixed no fewer than 393 roads in its various local governments and Local Council Development areas (LCDA) in the first half of 2024.

Mr Tokunbo Ajanaku, the General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC), made this known in a statement on Tuesday.

Ajanaku said that it used various approaches such as asphalt premix, interlocking paving stones and palliative interventions for some of the road maintenance and rehabilitation works it had carried out.

“The agency has a mandate from Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu not to rest on its oars but to work harder to give residents of Lagos State motorable and accessible roads.

“We were mindful of the prediction that the volume of rainfall in 2024 may surpass the previous year, this is why we stepped up our frequency and spread on Lagos roads to put most strategic roads in good condition before heavy rains become recurrent.

“While reflecting on the half year score card, a total of 393 roads have been worked on across the state at various degrees of intervention.

“The interventions range from total reconstruction to major rehabilitation, routine maintenance, palliative, as well as fixing of inner roads within public facilities.

“From January to June 2024, 15 roads being totally reconstructed across local governments in the state had reached various stages of completion,” Ajanaku said.

According to him, the corporation made frantic efforts to take advantage of the dry season in the first and second quarter of the year.

The LSPWC boss said it deployed men to all the 20 local governments and 27 LCDAs to carry out various forms of maintenance and rehabilitation operations on strategic roads.

He said that this was with a view to moving into the inner roads in the coming weeks.

He said: “Some of the strategic roads are at Eluku Street, Mosafejo in Agbowa-Ikosi; Epe Local Government area; Igbogbo-Baiyeku Road in Ikorodu; Ladoke Akintola Street, Ikeja GRA and Unity/Umunya/Osebaby Streets in Oshodi Local Government.

“Some other roads are at Agunlejika Street, Ijesha, Surulere Local Government; and Akinola Sholanke Street, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government.

“Under major rehabilitation, a total of 69 roads have been completed. Some of them are: Lawson Street, Lagos Island East LCDA; Femi Bamgbelu and Lawal Street, both in Alimosho and Ora Ekpen in Kosofe.

“Olohunlogbon, Kosofe; Selesi Street, Bariga LCDA; Fatiregun Street, Lagos Mainland; Aborisade Street, Surulere and Arigbanla Street, Agege were also majorly rehabilitated.

“Others roads are Falilat Ajoke Saliu and May Flower Road at Ikorodu; Ojora Street, Idewu Street and Ebun Oti Street, all at Ajeromi Ifelodun and Old Lagos Road, Badagry.

“Roads such as Adewole Adesanya Street, Epe; Faramodi Ajoke, Kosofe; Oriwu Road, Ikorodu; Okesanya Ramp Down by Sura Shopping Complex, Lagos Island East LCDA and Agege Motor Road by Oshodi Under Bridge, Oshodi also underwent major rehabilitation.”

Ajanaku said that 240 roads across the state were routinely maintained which typically entailed fixing of pot-holes to prevent them from degenerating into craters and major road defects.

He added that 62 roads were treated with palliative measures, using majorly boulders among other materials.

The LSPWC boss said that the second Igbogbo-Baiyeku road being undertaken by his agency would soon be complete.

“Our governor is deeply concerned about completion of the project in due course. The project would have reached a more advanced stage but for the impact of cost-push inflation and the heavy downpour witnessed in 2023,” Ajanaku said.

He appealed to residents and road users in the area to bear with the government as steps are being taken to ensure that the work was completed in earnest.

The general manager called on Lagos residents to take ownership of road infrastructure by collaborating with the state government in curbing habits that led to road damage. (NAN)