Fashola Commissions Bourdillon, Alexander, Gerald Roads, Warns Against Misuse
Apr 21, 2009 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Tuesday commissioned the dualised Bourdillon, Alexander and Gerald roads in Ikoyi with a warning that the road is not a bus route that can be operated.
Governor Fashola who gave the warning at the formal handing over of the road at the Bourdillon end added that he has observed, some illegal bus operators who are already plying the road, stressing that it would not be tolerated.
He explained that the road was constructed principally for the benefit of the residents of the area and any attempt to turn it into a commercial road will not be accepted as the main highway is still available for the use of commercial vehicles.
Governor Fashola also appealed to construction companies and firms to educate their drivers not to attempt u-turns on the turning circles of the road as it was not designed for such.
He also cautioned motorists who were indulging in driving against traffic especially during the construction of the road and its completion to desist from the act, saying what is needed now is self restraint and the commitment to do what is right.
Said he: “This conduct worries me because it comes from a prime area that our elites live. It is a danger to the motorist and other road users. I hope that it will not require a fatal accident before it is stopped. The road is now better, wider and free of traffic. There is no justification for driving against traffic. We will deploy law enforcement agencies to enforce traffic regulation but responsibility lies with owners and stakeholders to take hold for other Lagosians who intend to make use of it”.
“The construction of this road has many positive impacts as the people can now take leisurely walk with their spouses at night. This has improved the health and well being of the residents”, Governor Fashola added.
He added: “With this handing over ceremony, we are delivering a new asset, a new lifestyle and a new era of property appreciation. But our work is not finished yet, it is only a precursor to better things”.
Governor Fashola who asserted that the new road is one of the best that anyone can think of, added that it is illuminated for safety at night and has been provided with all facilities.
He reminded the people to know that transportation is very essential to the existence of man as it determines the quality of his life as well as his state of health and wellbeing.
Governor Fashola asserted that the dualised Bourdillon, Alexander and Gerald roads has been built to serve for 30 to 35 year lifespan, but warned that this can only happen if the roads if well utilised.
He told the audience that the new road will link the people to Lekki Phase One across the water ways and land them on the Admiralty Way, informing that contract has already been awarded for the project.
He reminded the property owners in the area that as they are basking in the joy of a rise in property values, they should also consider giving more in terms of taxes so that the government can do more.
In his goodwill message, former Governor of Ogun State and a resident of the area, Chief Olusegun Osoba commended Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and his team for doing a good job.
He added that: “This is an evidence of a Governor who has self confidence in himself, have respect for elders and high respect for continuity and has shown doggedness in continuity and that is why we have so many successes in Lagos”.
He urged Julius Berger to increase the capacity of the speed breakers it would provide on the road to stop the menace of heavy articulated vehicles who are bent on shortening the lifespan of the new road with its conversion to a turning point.
Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Ganiyu Johnson said the decision to embark on the upgrading of the road was as a result of clamour by residents and other road users for the upgrading to complement Awolowo road which has been worked on.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Works, Arc. Mrs Oluwatoyin Ajayi, he said in consonance with the administration’s eco friendly policy, trees that were removed to allow the widening of the road have all been replanted and are all growing satisfactorily.
The ceremony was attended by Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Adebisi Sosan, former Governor Olusegun Osoba of Ogun State and his wife Derin, members of the Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA) and members of the State Executive Council.