114 Roads Commissioning: Contractors Complete Federal Low-Cost, Mayflower Roads In Ikorodu

Kunle Adelabu

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Picture of a section of the controversial Federal Low-cost Housing Estate Bye-pass to Itoikin road Ikorodu as at Tuesday, October 18, 2016

After weeks of protests and condemnations, DHV Nigeria Limited and Messrs Breeve Global Resources Limited have completed the construction of controversial Federal Low-cost Housing Estate bye-pass to Itoikin road and May Flower crescent in Ikorodu North and Ijede Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) respectively.

While the Federal Low-cost Housing Estate bye-pass to Itoikin road was rushed for commissioning amidst protest by the residents during the commissioning of the 114 roads project by the Governor of Lagos state who was represented by at the occasion by Alhaji Quadri, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, the May Flower road was prevented from being commissioned by the residents of the area who stage a protest to condemn the shoddy job done by the contractor on the road.

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Picture of a section of the controversial Mayflower Road, Ijede as at Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Few days after the commissioning, a section of the Federal low-cost housing estate road was allegedly washed away by rain which led to another round of protest and condemnations by residents both on the street and on the social media platforms following the story posted online by THE IMPACT.

But in an interaction with the DHV Site Engineer, Engr. Goriola, he told THE IMAPCT that the road was cut for repair and not washed away by rain as alleged by the residents and others.

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Another section of the controversial Federal Low-cost Housing Estate Bye-pass to Itoikin road Ikorodu as at Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Following the outcry and condemnation that trailed the Ikorodu North LCDA and DHV Nigeria Limited after story and pictures of the affected section of the road were posted on our social media platforms, the Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Oyeniran Agunbiade who is equally the representative of Ikorodu Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly, issued a press statement calling on the residents to be calm and also promised that their protest will be given necessary attention by the Assembly.

Few days later, the Lagos State House of Assembly issued an official statement inviting the contractor and other concerned officials to appear before it.

The impact also gathered that the Governor’s Monitoring team and the Lagos State House of Assembly officials visited the site.

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Sands allegedly abandoned by the contractor on Mayflower road, Ijede

Meanwhile, residents of May Flower crescent in Ijede have called on the Messrs Breeve Global Resource Limited to help in evacuating the abandoned sand dug out from the road during construction which was allegedly blocking the entrances to their houses.

They also complained about the quality of job done on the road as a member of the Community Development Association (CDA) of the area alleged that the road is ‘contoured’ and not smooth.

In the same manner, some of the residents of Federal Low-cost Housing Estate, while thanking the government for ensuring that the contractor completed the road, regretted that just few weeks after commissioning, what supposed to be a new and motorrable road is now patchy.

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Sign of hurriedly completed job at Mayflower road, Ijede

Some of the residents also asked the Lagos State Government to reconsider its decision to allow the Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Authorities to nominate contractors for the next phase of the project, while others were saying that one of the two roads in each of the councils should be awarded directly by the state to competent civil engineering companies and the councils should be allowed to nominate contractors for the construction of the other road.

 

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