Lagos rolls out multiple projects to mark 1st year

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

No fewer than 20 projects were commissioned in different parts of Lagos State as the incumbent administration prepares to mark first year in office later this month.

The Local Government Areas (LGAs) that witnessed the projects commissioning include Ajeromi Local Government, Apapa Local Government, Badagry Local Government and Kosofe Local Government Councils.

The projects which were commissioned simultaneously across the various locations saw Governor Akinwunmi Ambode being represented by members of his cabinet as they unveiled the multi-million Naira infrastructure.

Highlights of projects
At the Apapa Local Government, the projects commissioned include nine roads within the Apapa Business District, Ultra-modern Liverpool Jetty, a block of 12 classrooms at Methodist Nursery and Primary School and a block of four classrooms at Arakan Barracks Nursery and Primary School with standard facilities such as modern toilets, sick bay, furniture, ceiling fans, ramps to accommodate the physically challenged, among others.

In Ajeromi Local Government, Governor Ambode commissioned an Ultra-modern Court Complex and a 360-meters interlocking road with drainage situated in Aduke Street, while in Ikorodu, the Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment, Honourable Babatunde Adejare commissioned an Ultra-modern shopping complex at the popular Sabo Market.

He also commissioned the Ota-Ona Dual Carriage Road as well as block of classrooms in Agbede, all in Ikorodu.

At Badagry, the Governor who was represented by the Special Adviser on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemo commissioned a block of 16 classrooms and another block of eight classrooms, as well as six classrooms in Badagry West Local Council Development Area.

At Kosofe, the Governor represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr Oluseye Oladejo commissioned road projects at Oladele, Shoyebi and Ademola Taiwo/Alamu Taiwo/Ogunsola Streets.

Governor Ambode urged community leaders and residents of the State to jealously guard the infrastructure provided by government in their domain, just as he promised that more projects would be embarked upon in all the communities across the State.

While assuring that his administration will make Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the State very vibrant in delivering the dividends of democracy to various communities, Governor Ambode said he would continue to support the councils in order to provide basic infrastructure for the people of the state.

The Governor assured residents that the 114 inner roads embarked upon by his administration in all the 57 councils would be completed by the end of June 2016 as planned.

114 road projects
Speaking on the 114 LG roads, Governor Ambode, who was represented at the Ajeromi-Ifelodun commissioning by the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem said: “The feat was unprecedented in the history of Lagos and had provided employment to over 9,000 citizens directly and indirectly within the year.”

“Counterpart funding of more than 60 percent has been committed by the State to ensure speedy completion of the exercise before the end of June 2016.”

In Apapa Local Government, the Governor, who was represented by the State’s Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf said the projects were in sync with his promise of running an all-inclusive government where no area would be left behind.

Speaking on the projects, the Ojora of Ijora, Oba Fatai Aromire commended Governor Ambode, saying the remarkable feat achieved just within one year in office was an eloquent confirmation that the State is progressing.

“As the paramount ruler of this domain, I like to specially appreciate our amiable Governor for the projects he embarked upon in our area. We are indeed very happy and wish the Governor well in the leadership of the State,” Oba Aromire said.

Giant stride
At Badagry, Governor Ambode, represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh,  stated that the projects which were completed in less than a year were just a few of many more that had been completed in other sectors.

The Executive Secretary of Badagry Local Government, Mrs Kappo Elizabeth Pedetin described the projects as a giant stride by the government to ensure a government of inclusion.

Increase in school enrolment
Speaking in the same vein, the Executive Secretary of Badagry West LCDA, Prince Joseph Agoro affirmed that the school projects had brought about increase in school enrolment in Badagry.

Some of the community leaders were full of praises for the government as they also pleaded for more developmental projects such as roads and electricity.

At Ikorodu, a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye commended the laudable stride of the Governor in just 11 months of inception, just as he appealed to people who were yet to feel the impact of government in their areas to be patient.

More projects to be unveiled
More projects are expected to be commissioned in days to come before the climax of events on May 29, when Nigeria will be celebrating the democracy day.