A total number of 114 roads currently being constructed across the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos will be completed before the end of next month.
The state Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr Muslim Folami made this known during an interactive session with journalists.
Mr Folami said that inspection carried out on almost all of the 114 roads currently under construction showed that they were around 30% completion.
According to him, the roads which are being constructed to meet contemporary standards will enhance living standards as well as the economy of Nigeria business hub (Lagos).
“The Ministry supervised the construction of 114 standard Local Government access roads with covered drains, walkways and street light on the basis of two per Local Government with an average length of 665 meters which are at more than 30% completion. This initiative has created an average of 32 professional and skilled jobs, 17 unskilled jobs directly while indirect jobs has been estimated at 21 per road, hence, about 6,000 direct and 3,000 indirect jobs have been created across the state with the initiative, the councils on their own have also constructed over 233 other roads, drainages and culverts with varying standards and completion stage of more than 86%. It is of note that the Community Development Associations are taking ownerships of these facilities which made monitoring relatively easier,” he explained.
The Commissioner said that government had also taken serious actions against residents of gated streets by pulling down 84 street gates for flouting government regulations as he noted that 64 gates had been earmarked for removal.
He affirmed that the State Boundary Committee had been working assiduously to resolve internal boundary disputes among local councils as well as across border communities especially between Lagos and Ogun States, through collaboration with the National Boundary Commission.
“The State Boundary Committee met and liaised with National Boundary Commission during the period, it also promotes good Neighborliness and resolve seven conflicts between communities and Local Government Councils during the period; the Ministry facilitated the erection of 114 sign post at inter State and inter Local Government boundaries to minimize conflicts and inform the public about same in collaboration with the Surveyor-General’s Office and the Lagos State Number Plate Agency, additional 114 will be installed within the next few months to further delineate the boundaries and inform the public about same,” he said.
The Special Adviser to the governor on Community Communications, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan said that over 50 transformers had been distributed among communities and across the state in the last one year.
“We have installed and handed over 49 new 33KV and 11KV transformers to communities in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, and Ibeju-Lekki areas. Additional transformers were also provided to Ajegunle Mofo, Aleke, and Agbede-Ebuwawa in Ikorodu while plans had been initiated to serve 21 other locations before the end of the year,” Mr Bamigbetan explained.
Alternative provision for herdsmen
He also stated that The Ministry through the Community Agriculture had started promoting alternative feeding methods of cattle to minimize Farmers-Pastoralist conflicts in the State.
The Special Adviser explained that the pilot stage was being implemented at Ilogbo in Badagry (a border town with Benin Republic) with possibility of expansion to Ibeju-Lekki, Ikorodu and Epe where cattle rearing remained predominant.