Fashola Commissions Adetokunbo Ademola Road, 3 Other Projects
Dec 18, 2008 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday gave a bountiful Christmas present to all residents of Lagos by commissioning four different projects in Victoria Island that would impact positively on the well being of the people.
The Governor commissioned the second phase of the Bar Beach reclamation project, the Clover Leaf Park on Ozumba Mbadiwe road, which was renamed Muri Okunola Park, as well as the handing over of the Adetokunbo Ademola street before unveiling the City link boats of City Link Transit group at Tarzan Jetty in Badore.
In the Governor’s view, “there is no better gift that the people of Lagos can get today than the commissioning of the four separate projects on a single day for the benefit of the people”.
According to the Governor, the commissioning of the Muri Okunola Park is an affirmation of the capacity of the state to redeem its environment and significantly enhance its value where peace, calmness and tranquility reigns.
Governor Fashola said Lagos can provide a destination point of best practices which can be emulated by people from other geographical representations, adding that this is already happening with legislators from Namibia coming to understudy the legislative process in Lagos State.
Governor Fashola added that the immortalization of late Justice Muri Okunola is a demonstration of the determination to ensure that the heroic deeds of past selfless leaders are not in vain.
The Governor tasked residents of Adetokunbo Ademola to be watchful and ensure that the new road which he has just handed over is not damaged through indiscriminate cutting.
He added that the road has been provided with service ducts, saying the people owe it a duty to challenge whoever they observe trying to cut the road and demand the government’s permission from such a person.
He added that one of the strategies adopted by his administration in the provision of social amenities was to reach out to corporate social organizations to partner with the state.
The Lagos State helmsman said the construction of the Adetokunbo Ademola Road was carried out as a Public Private Partnership initiative between the State Government and Eko Hotels at a funding rate of 70:30 percent ratio.
The Governor reiterated that the people are already reaping the benefits of wise investment of public funds with the provision of sidewalks which allows pedestrians to move as well as provide high capacity space for vehicles.
Governor Fashola said the state has also embraced the strategy of engaging private investors who are desirous of putting their money into infrastructure development in the state with the purpose of reaping profit saying the progress made on Ozumba Mbadiwe is a testimony to the possibilities.
He challenged other companies to show concern for their immediate environment by partnering with the state to rehabilitate streets such as Ologun Agbaje, Agoro Odiyan, Akin Olugbade, Bishop Aboyade Cole to mention a few yearning for attention in Victoria Island
“All our projects are designed to ensure that the economic benefit is yours. It is only about you the people. There is no more time to engage in talking but now is the time to engage in action. Our government can lead the way if you support us in the quest at all times”.
While commissioning the new marine boats of City links, Governor Fashola appealed to the Federal Government to release all federal jetties in the state to it for operation and benefit of Lagosians since the jetties are not currently being put to full use.
Governor Fashola added that a new economy is opening up in the boat manufacturing sector which could be utilized to lead the economy and create thousands of jobs as the present initiative of City link would soon be followed up by other concessionaires.
He said engaging the water as a means of transportation was a promise which he made during his campaign and that he feels fulfilled as the state expects City links to deploy about 100 boats on the water ways very soon in addition to another concessionaire who is expected to come out with 40 boats next year.
Governor Fashola recalled that the Muri Okunola Park which used to be an eyesore as a refuse dump has now provided job opportunities for many miscreants who hitherto were landlords on the site to become good boys.
He said similarly, the planting of trees and grasses in the new park would help control erosion, promising that more of such parks would be developed in open spaces across the state that have been turned into other uses by individuals and corporate organizations.
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr Muiz Banire also expressed appreciation to Governor Fashola for graciously approving the usage of the site land beside the garden being used for construction work as a parking lot for patrons of the garden.