Governor Ambode commissions more road networks

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Lagos State Governor has commissioned different sets of road networks as the golden jubilee anniversary of the State moves towards its climax.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode during the commissioning assured the citizens of the commencement of another set of infrastructural projects among which is the construction of an eight lane highway from Ikorodu via Agbowa itoikin to ijebu-Ode in Ogun State, through a Public Private Partnership.

In Epe, the East axis of Lagos, three road networks were commissioned while in Agboyi Ketu Local Council Development Area, a network of eight roads was being commissioned.

He hinted that plans were at an advanced stage as the Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, of the project will be signed next week.

Governor Ambode said the new network of roads was part of government’s plan to address the challenges of Infrastructural deficit and to further open up the East axis of Lagos to local and international investors to create employment.

He expressed appreciation to tax payers in the State for performing their civic obligations, revealing that the taxes paid have been judiciously utilized to make life comfortable for the people through implementation of several projects.

“Our government is very grateful to Lagosians for their prayers and support particularly in the discharge of their civic responsibility through payment of taxes. It is my belief therefore, that we will continue to enjoy your unflinching support as we work together in transforming our State to the ‘Lagos of Our Dream’.

On our part, we shall continue to ensure that your taxes are judiciously managed and utilized towards making life more comfortable for everybody,” he said.

Regional integration

The Governor also revealed that in a bid to scale up the socio-economic integration of the South West region, the State Government in partnership with Ogun State, would construct a top-class road from Mojoda to Ijebu-Ode junction.

“It gladdens my heart to see that two years into the tenure of this administration, the dream of transforming Epe and its environs into a modern city is becoming a reality. The narrow roads are being redefined to give Epe a face lift. The network of roads have been complimented with street lights to provide illumination, improve security and enhance socio-economic activities.

This is consistent with our pledge to ensure inclusive growth, where no part of the State will be left behind or neglected. The ongoing infrastructural development in Epe is a foundation for economic progress and development,” Governor Ambode said.

Marina projects

Aside the roads, the Governor said the ongoing Epe Marina project, when completed, would turn Epe into a world class destination for tourists and adventure seekers.

Giving details on other road projects in the axis, the Governor said work had already commenced on the Phase II of the project from Oke-Oso-Araga-Poka and Epe-Poka-Mojoda road, while the proposed Phase III is the Mojoda to Ijebu-Ode junction road to be delivered in collaboration with Ogun State.

“We are optimistic that the future prosperity of Lagos State is secured, the development of the East-West wings of the State is our sure bet to prosperity,” he said.

Residents’ comments

Meanwhile, residents of Epe who trooped out in their hundreds to witness the inauguration of the new roads have appealed to Governor Ambode to address the issue of waste disposal in the rural town.

Chairman of the Community Development Committee, Chief Yinka Tobun, commended the infrastructural development witnessed in all parts of the state.

He noted that the new roads network would enhance transportation of Agricultural produce from the farms to other parts of the state.

Chief Tobun appealed to residents not to use the roads for street trading or other illegal activities.

Omolayo.A