Lagos State Government Has Created over 49,000 Jobs through Infrastructure Development, Renewal, Says Lagos State Government
This disclosure was made by the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat during the Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the second year of the second term of Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN).
Dr Hamzat who briefed the Press alongside the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Ganiyu Johnson explained that the state government has been able to create the jobs through the various construction projects and a policy designed to patronise indigenous contractors and create jobs by building their capacity to handle such jobs as time goes on.
He added that so far the State has initiated 261 roads upgrade and reconstruction and has completed 82 roads that have added 112.746kilometres of high quality asphalted road to the State road stock which also includes a planned 53 others for grading and surface dressing road programme across the State.
Putting the number of road projects currently being implemented across the state precisely at 261, he noted that 161 of them were awarded in 2012 while 100 others took off under the current fiscal regime.
According to the Commissioner, the roads have been spread across the local government areas of the State in a manner that reflects the need to develop all parts of the State and not fashioned after any sectional interest.
The Commissioner also said work has been completed on the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge which will be handed over soon.
Responding to a question during the briefing, Dr Hamzat said to date the Federal Government is owing the state about N51Billion from its expenditure on federal roads maintenance across the state, adding that if it is paid, such funds could be deployed to projects as Ago-Palace Way road,
Ejigbo-Idimu road and Ayobo-Ipaja road among others.
He said work on the Lot 1 of the Lagos Badagry Expressway expansion from Eric Moore to Maza Maza has attained 74percent completion with the rail component also progressing rapidly as the tracks are being laid.
The Commissioner also said the Lot 2 of the project which is from Maza Maza to Okokomaiko has already been awarded to a contractor after a successful bidding adding process that they are currently working on the relocation of services and removal of encumberances.
On jetties, Dr Hamzat said three prototype jetties are being provided along the East to West axis of the State at Ipakodo, Osborne and Badore with work already completed at Badore, Osborne at 50 percent completion and Badore at 68 percent completion.
He added that contract for nine pedestrian bridges have been awarded by the state government with the bridges located at different locations in the state and are at various points of completion.
He said the state government had not commenced toll collection on the Conservation Plaza of the Lekki Epe Expressway as a result of the agreement reached by the state government with stakeholders in the area, adding that government would announce a timeline when the toll collection would commence after due consultation with the host communities and other
He also identified some of the challenges undermining infrastructure development in the state to include topography, residents’ attitude and what he described as the quantum of fund portfolio required to prosecute various projects.
He explained that the state topography poses major challenges to infrastructure development, especially as it concerns roads construction adding that government is constantly conducting soil test with the result that many road projects are often subject of massive soil replacement that
has had enormous cost implications for such projects.
He condemned the habit of indiscriminate dumping of waste on the roads and drainages and activities of roadside mechanics and car-wash operators and also identified lack of public ownership of infrastructure and conveyance of axle loads on inner roads designed specifically for lighter vehicles.
He stated that the roads spreading across the local government areas of the State were undertaken in a manner that reflects the need to develop all parts of the State and not any sectional interest.
Dr Hamzat noted that the State Government has incorporated the period of rainfall into its master plan thereby including the upgrading and construction of drainage channels in a way that it will properly discharge water from the roads because when it rains the sea level rises bearing in
mind that Lagos is a coastal city.
Also present at the briefing were the Commissioner for Information and strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba, Special Adviser on Media, Mr Hakeem Bello, Permanent Secretary in the Office of Works, Engineer Paul Bamgbose- Martins, Office of Infrastructure, Engineer Nahim Sahid, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs Ranti Odutola
and senior officials of the ministry.
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