114 LASG/LG Roads: A Promise Fulfilled Or Failed?
Kunle Adelabu with Anani Olatunji Idris, Boluwatife Hassan & Ifeoluwa Ajenifuja.
As part of his commitments to give every part of the state sense of belonging by adjusting the perceived imbalance in term of infrastructural development, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on resuming office in May 29, 2016, pledge two roads in each of the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the state every six months.
During the first year anniversary Ministerial briefing in May this year, the Ambode led State Government reassured residents of the June completion date for the construction of the 114 roads currently ongoing across the 20 Local Governments (LG) and 37 local Council Development Areas in the State.
The State’s Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami, gave the assurance at the Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the first year of Governor Ambode’s administration.
He said that the State Government under the leadership of Governor Ambode, always lives up to its words, hence, the two roads each under construction across the 57 Councils totaling 114 roads would be completed on schedule.
During the monthly Community Media Forum meetings, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Communities & Communications, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan, also charged grassroots media practitioners to monitor and report the state of work from time-to-time on the ongoing 114 roads in their respective domains.
Following this reassurance and charge, THE IMPACT crew led by its Publisher/reporter-in-Chief, Kunle Adelabu, went to town to from time-to-time observe the state of work on the 12 roads in the 6 LG and LCDAs in Ikorodu Division namely Ijede, LCDA, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, Imota LCDA, Ikorodu North LCDA, Ikorodu west LCDA and Ikorodu Local Government in order to report the state of these roads in the 6 Local Council and Local Council Development Areas in Ikorodu Division.
Oseni Street, Igbogbo
The construction of Oseni Street in Igbogbo area of Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA by Consteng Nigeria Limited was completed late July with asphalt laid on the road, drainage completed and street lights fixed and working. The residents attested to the quality work done by the contractor.
Kola Ogunkoya, Street, Igbogbo
The second road in Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, Kola Ogunkoya Street, was handled by Fatub Engineering Nigeria Limited and was completed late June. The road is 100% completed with drainage, street lights and asphalt completely fixed. The residents also confirmed that the street lights are working.
Meanwhile, residents in Bayeku, Agunfoye, Selewu, Owode/Ibeshe, Lajo, Offin and Oreta areas of the Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA have questioned the rationale behind the selection of the two roads which are located in Igbogbo township without consideration for other parts of the council. However, since the projects cannot be reversed, they are calling on the decision makers and the government to consider their areas in subsequent road constructions and other developmental projects.
Osenat Ahmed Crescent in Area of Ijede LCDA
As at Wednesday, August 24, 2016, the construction work on Osenat Ahmed Crescent, Ijede LCDA that is being handled by Messrs Yotunrant Nigeria Limited has been completed with except for a section of the road that has not been completely asphalted. The drainages and street lights fixed and working.
May Flower Crescent, Ijede LCDA
Also, as at same date, the state of work on May Flower Crescent, Ijede LCDA is about 60% completed as work still ongoing on the project being handled by Messrs Breeve Global Resources Limited of Plot 5, AP Road FLCH, Sabo, Ikorodu.
IKORODU CENTRAL LG
In Ikorodu Central Local Government, THE IMPACT visited the two roads which were awarded for construction in the council which are located on Adeniji and Oluwakemi Streets. The two streets are adjoining streets linking Aga with Ijomu area of Ikorodu. The roads were awarded to De Cubano Nigeria Limited. As at Friday, August 19, 2016, both road projects have been completed.
Adeniji Street, Aga, Ikorodu
The road construction on Adeniji Street, Aga, was one of the earliest roads to be completed in Ikorodu Division as the contractor completed the project before the stipulated six months duration. When interviewed, residents of Adeniji complained that the street lights are not working.
Oluwakemi Street, Ijomu, Ikorodu
The road construction on Oluwakemi Street, Ijomu, which is the one of the longest and most difficult project going by the terrain it is located was completed in July
In Imota Local Council Development Area, the two roads were completed within the six months duration timeframe.
Watchtower Street In Imota Area of Imota LCDA
The road which was awarded to Messrs Yotunrant Nigeria Limited, Plot 318, Cadastral Zone 07-07 Federal Housing Authority, Airport Road, Abuja, FCT., was completed within the six months duration with asphalt laid on the road, drainage completed and street lights fixed.
Our reporter gathered from the residents that the street light was removed immediately after it was tested and has not been working since then. They also said they have some reservation about the quality of the asphalt laid on the road.
While speaking with our reporters during the tour of the road projects on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, Mr Oluwatosin Ogunyemi, a resident of Watchtower Street, Imota stated, “The road was completed within the period stated. Though, the construction of the road was commendable, the asphalt quality is questionable. The streetlight worked on the very day it was connected but since then, it has not been working. It has been disconnected since then”
Another resident in the area, Mr Dayo Samuel in his own reaction stated, “The tarring of the road is not solid like what we have been seeing before now and the construction process was not really good. In all, the road is manageable. They tested the street light once and since then, it has been disconnected.
Imam Salisu Street, Imota
Our reporter also visited Imam Salisu Street, Imota, and location of the second road project in Imota LCDA and gathered that it was also completed within the time frame.
The road project was also handled by Messrs Yotunrant Nigeria Limited, Plot 318, Cadastral Zone 07-07 Federal Housing Authority, Airport Road, Abuja, FCT, with drainages on both sides covered, asphalt laid and also street lights fixed but have not been working since they have been tested.
IKORODU NORTH LCDA
In Ikorodu North LCDA, while construction work has since been completed on Eweye road project in Isiu, work was still ongoing on the road project in Federal Low Cost Housing Estate – Itoikin road, as at time of filing this report..
Eweye Road, Isiu
The Eweye Road project was the first to be completed in Ikorodu Division with the drainages on both sides covered, asphalt laid and street lights fixed.
Federal Low-Cost Housing Estate-Itoikin Road
The road in Federal Low-Cost Housing Estate in Ikorodu North LCDA, which is located in another difficult terrain, is still ongoing. As at Wednesday, August 24, 2016, when our reporters visited the site, the road was less than 50% completed. A section of the road has been covered with asphalt while work was still ongoing on the drainage system. Also, work was still ongoing on the culvert that connects Ikorodu-Shagamu road that leads to to the road Federal Low-Cost Housing.
Most of the contractors were inaccessible for comments and in three cases the officials on site declined comment. The lack of contact numbers on project boards erected at every construction site also did not help in contacting the contractors for comments.
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