Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has declared a state of emergency on various dilapidated highways and carriages within the State and ordered massive construction work on critical roads and highways across the State, beginning from today (Monday).
The Governor’s directive followed the conclusion of his series of meetings with eight multi-national engineering firms, which began a few weeks back.
After his final meeting with the contractors, which lasted for about three hours, on Sunday, Sanwo-Olu’s declared the commencement of major construction work on the identified highways considered critical to the reduction of traffic congestion in the State.
The Governor said all the eight engineering firms had been given the mandate to immediately mobilise their equipment to the sites and commence major construction works on the identified roads.
He said: “The exercise will begin with palliative work on the selected roads, which are both on the Island and mainland divisions of the State, their activities must first give our people an immediate relief on the affected roads so that there can be free flow of traffic even during the rehabilitation work.”
To complement the major construction work on the highway, Sanwo-Olu stated that Lagos State Public Works Corporation would be carrying out repairs on 116 inner roads across the State, in addition to over 200 roads already rehabilitated by the corporation in the last three months.
The Governor explained that he was aware of the pain experienced by road users in the past few days, which was compounded by persistent downpour and appealed to residents to bear with the Government while efforts were being made to assuage their pains and bring permanent relief to them.
“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.” The Governor said
He said officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, would be working round the clock to control traffic in areas where the construction would take place.
Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. 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.
She added that there would be massive re-construction work on a network of roads in Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA and Victoria Island.
In the last few months, Lagosians have been experiencing untold hardship commuting within the State as they spend two to four hours on a journey which should ordinarily take about thirty to forty-five minutes due to hectic traffic congestion caused by bad roads.