A state of emergency has been declared on several dilapidated roads in Lagos, by the Lagos State Government.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday (October 13), ordered the commencement of road repairs on some roads and highways in the state, starting today (October 14).
Prior to now, Governor Sanwo-Olu has been having a series of meetings with eight multi-national engineering firms and after his final meeting which held yesterday, he ordered the road repairs to begin immediately.
He said: “This afternoon, we have just concluded the meeting with various reputable construction companies and all of them have been given the brief to immediately commence major construction work in various parts of the State. The exercise will begin tomorrow with palliative work on the selected roads, which are both on the Island and mainland divisions of the State.
“The contractors have been given the mandate to start mobilising their equipment to their respective sites without further delay. Their activities must first give our people immediate relief on the affected roads so that there can be a free flow of traffic even during the rehabilitation work.”
The contractors deployed by the Lagos State government are Julius Berger, Hitech, Arab Contractors, Metropolitan Construction, Slavabogu Construction, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Rajaf Foundation Construction, and RCF Nigeria Limited.
According to the Governor, the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) will be repairing 116 inner roads in Lagos. The figure will be in addition to the 200 roads already fixed by the LSPWC in the past three months.
Sanwo-Olu said he was not insensitive to the pain experienced by road users in the past few days, which got worse due to heavy rainfall.
He appealed to residents to bear with the government while efforts were being made to assuage their pains and bring permanent relief to them.
He said: “We expect the rains will begin to subside in this month of October and this is why we are mobilising our contractors to immediately start the major construction work on the identified highways and bring permanent relief to residents. I am giving all Lagosians the assurance that the contractors will start the construction in earnest and will deliver on the terms of agreements reached with them.”
Sanwo-Olu added that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), will be on ground 24/7 to control traffic in the affected areas where construction would begin.
Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye, listed some of the critical highways and roads to be constructed to include Ojota stretch of the Ikorodu Road, Motorways-Kudirat Abiola Way, Apogbon Highway, Babs Animashaun Road, Agric/Ishawo Road and Ijede Road in Ikorodu, and Lekki-Epe Expressway from Abraham Adesanya to Eleko Junction.
Adeyoye also stated that there would be ongoing re-construction work on a network of roads in Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA and Victoria Island.