The government of Lagos State has announced a state of emergency on diverse damaged highways and carriages.
The executive governor of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the directives at the Lagos House in Marina, stating that a mass construction work on essential roads and highways all over the state would commence this week.
The order came after an end of his different meetings with about eight multi-national engineering firms, which had started few weeks ago.
This was made known following the statement release andsigned by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile
The statement reads: “After the governor’s final meeting with the multi-national engineering companies on Sunday, which spanned for about three hours, Sanwo-Olu ordered the starting of major construction work on some essential highways considered bad to reduce traffic congestion in the State.”
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“The eight engineering firms had been given the instructions to promptly mobilise their workers and equipment to the sites and start the major construction works on the notified roads.”
“The Lagos State Public Works Corporation would supervise the repairs of 116 inner roads within the State, which makes it an additional 200 roads already rehabilitated by the corporation within the last three months.”
However, the governor said he has been ignorant of the mishaps been faced by road users over the past few days, which was as a result of the excessive downpour of rain.”
He pleaded with the residents of the state to exercise patience with the state government as they are intensifying efforts to put an end to the pain, inconvenience and enabling a permanent relief to them.
He added that, “We hope the raining subside in this month of October, this is why we are mobilising our contractors to immediately start the major construction work on the identified highways and bring permanent relief to residents. I am giving all Lagosians the assurance that the contractors will start the construction in earnest and will deliver on the terms of agreements reached with them.”
“Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority willwork throughout the day to control traffic on the affected areas.”
According to the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye, the affected areas to experience complete rehabilitation are Ojota stretch of the Ikorodu Road, Motorways-Kudirat Abiola Way, Apogbon Highway, Babs Animashaun Road, Agric/Ishawo Road and Ijede Road in Ikorodu, and Lekki-Epe Expressway from Abraham Adesanya to Eleko Junction, adding that there will be massive re-construction work on a network of roads in Ikoyi, Ikeja GRA and Victoria Island.
The engineering firms who got the contract are: Julius Berger, Hitech, Arab Contractors, Metropolitan Construction, Slavabogu Construction, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Rajaf Foundation Construction, and RCF Nigeria Limited