56 kilometres of standard roads and 112 kilometres of walkways have been added to the network of roads in Lagos State as the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode began the commissioning of 114 roads across the state.
While inaugurating the first set of the roads in 10 local government areas (LGAs), Governor Ambode said more than 5,000 construction professionals and artisans were provided jobs in the course of the projects which cost the government over N19bn.
At the commissioning of Ajijola-Iya and Atowa Adegoke Streets in Epe Local Government, he described the development as the first of its kind in the history of the state.
Governor Ambode affirmed that the construction of the roads across the 20 LGAs and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), made the Lagos economy viable between the period of January to August.
He added that the completion of the roads was a glorious dawn of community development accelerated through inclusive governance and a historic leap of faith for the administration and the citizens.
“At a time the national economy is facing financial challenges, our administration is able to inject over N19 billion into the economy of our State, stimulating employment and engaging the business sector.
About 5,700 direct jobs were created for professionals, artisans and laborers in the construction industry. A larger number of people, approximately 10,000 suppliers and dependants felt the positive impact of this stimulus package in their lives,” Governor Ambode said.
In Eti-Osa East, Governor Ambode during the unveiling of 1.28 kilometre Busola Adalemo and Shola Omole streets respectively, said the dream of making Lagos a megacity would be actualized if the government continued with the construction of 114 roads annually in all the 20 LGs and 37 local councils across the state.
Governor Ambode also challenged elders, youths and residents to guard jealously all the infrastructure, expose cultism and vandals in their areas, to bring more community driven projects.
On his part, the Sole Administrator of Epe Local Government, Mr Olu Ogunniyi said the two roads being commissioned in Epe totalled 1.3 kilometres with street lights and drains on each stretch of the roads.
Mr Ogunniyi did not mince words on the impact of the roads on the economy of the areas in general and the people in particular.
The Chairman of Epe Community Development Council, Chief Olayinka Tobun corroborated the Sole Administrator as he was also full of appreciation for the government’s initiative.
The 114 road projects were carried out by 89 indigenous contractors.