Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has disclosed that his administration would consolidate on its infrastructural renewal drive in the state with the construction of 181 local government roads in the current fiscal year.
Ambode, who spoke at the first quarterly Town Hall Meeting for 2017 held at the Ajelogo Housing Scheme, Ajelogo Market Road, Akanimodo, Mile 12, said the 181 roads would be an improvement on the 114 roads that his administration promised to do annually.
In a press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Habib Aruna, the governor noted that his administration thought it wise to ensure that the roads captured for 2017 are key roads with economic impact on the people living in that axis.
“I want to pronounce here that you should watch out next week in the newspapers, we are advertising 181 roads which would be done in all our local governments.
“What we have found out is that if we decided to continue with two, some of those roads are not linking each other to the main road, so most likely you would see that if we are supposed to do some roads in some local governments, it would only make economic sense if there is a linkage.
“So you would see in the advert that some local governments would have like three, some would have four roads. But the average is that 181, if you divide it by 57 that would be a minimum of three roads per local government.”
Giving his account of stewardship in the last quarter, Ambode said the choice of Akanimodo, Mile 12, as venue for the meeting was to show that the axis has not been left behind in the developmental progress ongoing in the state.
He said his administration kicked off its “Rent-To-Own and Rental Housing Policy” aimed at providing affordable units across the three Senatorial Districts of the state in quarter four of 2016.
On agriculture, Ambode said his administration was already looking to build on the first fruits of its partnership with Kebbi State Government with the launch of LAKE RICE in December 2016.
He added that in the current quarter the government would embark on the rehabilitation of the Oko-Oba Abattoir and Lairage Complex, Agege in line with the promise to increase meat production output, develop the red meat value chain and restructure the complex for improved operations.
Ambode also said the Neighbourhood Safety Corps would become operational in the first of 2016 with the recruitment of 5700 personnel.
He listed some of the road projects to include Agric-Isawo-Arepo Road in Ikorodu, Ajelogo–Akanimodo Road Rehabilitation, Oshodi to Murtala Mohammed Airport Road, Ketu-Alapere Inner Roads Phase II, Oke Oso-Araga-Poka in Epe, Topo Garage to VIP Chalet in Badagry, Ladipo Market Road and Multilayer Car Park , Mushin and establishment of Bus Terminals and depots in Yaba, Ikeja, Oyingbo, Anthony, Ketu and Toll Gate.
Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, in his remarks urged the Ambode to give priority to the construction of Adeniji-Adele Road and ensure the construction of other roads that deserve utmost attention in the area.
He also urged the Governor to improve the standard of markets in the area to enviable standards, while urging total reconstruction of non-approved and unauthorised buildings already built within major markets in Lagos Island.
Akiolu further urged Lagosians to continue to cooperate and support the present administration as well as desist from any form of clandestine meetings that may undermine the progress of Governor Ambode’s administration.
Responding to questions that bordered on security, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni said with the continued support of the State Government, the Command increased the number of personnel in Ketu-Epe Police Post from two to seventy to effectively combat kidnapping and other crimes in Agbowa, Itoikin and environs, as well as transformed the hitherto abandoned Iyun Police Post to anti-kidnapping unit, while two gun boats were moved to Ejirin.
Owoseni, however, urged traditional rulers and community elders to caution their subjects especially the youths on the need to be law abiding and shun all forms of criminal activities.