July 10, 2024

Lagos to embark on massive rehabilitation of inner roads after rains

Lagos to embark on massive rehabilitation of inner roads after rains

The General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Engr Tokunbo Ajanaku (left) and Head, Public Affairs, Samuel Ayetutu during inspection of rehabilitation of a section of Agege Motor Road by Oshodi Under Bridge recently.

.fixes over 393 roads in 6months

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

The Lagos Government through the State Public Works Corporation, LSPWC, has expressed commitment to embark on massive rehabilitation of inner roads after the current rainy season.

It also disclosed that it has rehabilitated over 393 deplorable roads in various Local Government Areas, LGAs and Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs in the state in the first half of 2024.

General Manager, LSPWC, Engr. Tokunbo Ajanaku, disclosed this while giving update on some of the road maintenance and rehabilitation work of the agency through various approaches which include: the use of asphalt premix, interlocking paving stones and palliative interventions.

Ajanaku said the work was in furtherance of the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration to ensuring that all roads in the state are in good condition for motorists all year round.

According to him, the corporation has made frantic effort to take advantage of the dry season in the first and second quarter of 2024 by deploying its men to all the 20 LGAs and 27 LCDAs to carry out various forms of maintenance and rehabilitation operations on strategic roads with a view to moving into the inner roads in the coming weeks.

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

While reflecting on the half year score card of the corporation in 2024, the General Manager stated that “A total of 393 roads have been worked on across the state at various degree of intervention ranging from total reconstruction to major rehabilitation, routine maintenance, palliative, as well as fixing of inner roads within public facilities.”

While providing the statistics of work done, Ajanaku stated that “from January to June 2024, 15 roads being totally reconstructed across Local Governments in the state have reached various stages of completion.

“Some of them are: Eluku Street, Mosafejo in Agbowa-Ikosi, Epe Local Government area; Igbogbo-Baiyeku Road, Ikorodu; Ladoke Akintola Street, Ikeja GRA; Unity/Umunya/Osebaby Streets in Oshodi Local Government; Agunlejika Street, Ijesha, Surulere Local Government; and Akinola Sholanke Street, Oshodi-Isolo Local Government among others.”

Under major rehabilitation, he said that a total of 69 roads have been completed which include: Lawson Street, Lagos Island East LCDA; Femi Bamgbelu, Alimosho; Lawal Street, Alimosho; Ora Ekpen, Kosofe; Olohunlogbon, Kosofe; Selesi Street, Bariga LCDA; Fatiregun Street, Lagos Mainland; Aborisade Street, Surulere and Arigbanla Street, Agege.

Others are: Falilat Ajoke Saliu, Ikorodu; May Flower Road, Ikorodu; Ojora Street, Ajeromi Ifelodun; Idewu Street, Ajeromi Ifelodun; Ebun Oti Street, Ajeromi Ifelodun; Old Lagos Road, Badagry; 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.

Meanwhile, 240 roads across the state were attended to under routine maintenance which typically entails fixing of pot-holes in an attempt to prevent them from degenerating into craters and major road defects, while 62 roads were treated with palliative measures, using majorly boulders among other materials.

During inspection of work progress at the on-going reconstruction of the second Igbogbo-Baiyeku Road being undertaken by his agency over the weekend, Ajanaku noted that, “Governor Sanwo-Olu 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.”

While appealing to residents and road users in the area to bear with the government as steps were being taken to ensure its completion in earnest, Ajanaku called on residents to take ownership of road infrastructure by collaborating with the state government in curbing habits that leads to road damage.