Fashola Hands Over Nine New Roads In Lekki Phase II Scheme
…Says no Local Government without visible on-going State Government project
May 22, 2012 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Tuesday handed over nine network of roads at Lekki Peninsular Phase II, Lekki, saying it a fulfillment of his electioneering campaign promise to focus attention on provision of inner roads in his second term,
The Governor who spoke at Lekki added that it is consistent with the fact that having addressed the major carriage ways like Eti-Osa-Lekki-Epe-Expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue, Murtala Mohammed Way and Lagos Badagry Expressway, the next focus would be the neighbourhood roads.
He added that everyone would see that across the state if the administration is not building a brand new road, the Public Works Corporation is resurfacing existing roads in the day and the night.
This estate was conceived in 1976. It has all amenities required to get on with life. The water supply is ready, the electricity cables and poles are ready. Transformers have been installed and the street lights are on.
The Governor added that one of the things observed by the government is that allottees were not coming to develop their land and this prompted government to intervene and locate one of its residential estates-Elegushi Housing Estate within the scheme in order to begin to populate the estate.
Governor Fashola reiterated that he observed that between when he last came and now, some allottees have responded by developing structures on their land, a development which he observed as a sign that the investment and policy of the government are all working.
He emphasized that government wants see more allottees come forward, take possession and develop their land in Lekki Scheme II, adding that the development of the infrastructure is part of the government's strategy to address the housing shortage problem by providing sight and service schemes for citizens
The Governor added: "We now have to decide whether people who have held allocations since 1996 and 1997 are truly allottees who need the land to build their home or who are speculators".
"In cases where we find evidence that these are mere speculative holdings, we would have no alternatives than to revoke those titles and re-allot them to people who are in desperate need of land to build their homes".
The Governor said while the government is intervening in schemes like Lekki 1 and II, the state is also intervening in other estates and communities that are not government conceived and developed.
"I speak of some of our blighted areas like Ijora-Badiya, Agege, Shomolu, Bariga, Orile, Ijesha and Ikate where we are intervening through Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project(LMDGP)".
"Last week, we went round to see the completion of about 15 road projects in Agege, storm water in Badiya, school undergoing construction in Ijora and drainage projects in many of the challenged areas", the Governor stated.
The Governor reiterated that the essence is that the programmes and policies are all inclusive because government intends to ensure that nobody is left behind.
"This programme of multi-pronged infrastructure ensures clearly that there is no local Government where there is no work by this government whether road, school, water project or housing project. In every Local Government area in the state, the government of Lagos State is intervening and providing support " .
"Currently, 13 roads are still under construction. We have just awarded four new roads and we have 20 outstanding roads at various levels of implementation. Therefore our work will continue here as it continues in other parts of the state" .
The General Manager of the New Towns Development Authority, Mr Adeyemi Isiba while speaking, said the Lekki scheme II has an area of 514.83 hectares, adding that to ensure that the scheme is well serviced with quality road network and sustainable drainage system, 139 hectares and 5.81 hectares of the land respectively were reserved for road and drainage construction.
He appealed to al the allottees in all the schemes in the state to pay their Capital Development Levy as and when due to encourage the state government to provide necessary infrastructure in the relevant schemes in good time.
Also speaking, the South West Manager of the CCECC Construction, Mr Stone Hingbin thanked the State Government for the confidence reposed in the construction company which started in a very small way in the state.
He gave his commitment that CCECC will always try its best in terms of quality of the projects it handles and deliver them in quality time always.
The Governor later cut the ribbon to officially hand over the nine roads before driving round the new roads.
Prominent among those who were present during the handing over ceremony were some members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioners for Environment, Mr Tunji Bello and his Works counterpart, Dr Obafemi Hamzat and Special Duties, Dr Wale Ahmed.