Lagos disburses N5.5 billion for roads

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos      

The second tranche payment of N5.5 billion for the execution of the on-going 114 roads in Lagos State has been released.

The released amount represents 61 per cent of the total cost of the road projects estimated to cost at N17.85 billion.

In all, a total sum of N10.8 billion has so far been paid by the Lagos State government to ensure completion of the ongoing construction of 114 roads across the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the State by the end of June, 2016.

Tax payers’ money
The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr Olohuntele Folami said the government said the construction of the roads was made possible through tax payers’ money.

“The Government again reiterates that as long as Lagosians continue to fulfil their civic responsibility and obligation, the government will continue to spend its resources wisely and the Lagosians will continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy.”

“We are using this medium to urge Lagosians to continue to pay their taxes, so as to be able to enjoy the dividends of democracy, the monies they are paying is what the government is using to construct these roads across the length and breadth of the State,” the Commissioner said.

At the inception of the present administration, the 57 LGs and LCDAs were mobilised to embark on construction of two inner roads in their various councils to boost economic activities and improve vehicular movement.

The roads are designed to accommodate walkways, road medians, street lights and standard drainage systems.