Fashola Hands Over Network Of 11 Roads In Alimosho
…Urges residents to protect roads, drainages
May 24, 2012 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday continued his hand over of inner city roads as another set of 11 roads totaling 13 kilometres in the Akowonjo and Alimosho areas were unveiled, stating that the State is planning a new town in Iba that will be highly developed like the ones in Ikoyi, Lekki and Victoria Island.
Governor Fashola who spoke at the Shasha Orisumbare Ejigbo roads said the promise that the Alimosho area holds for Lagos is enormous as government is almost concluding the master plan that would bring a mall that is bigger than the one in Ikeja and Lekki to the area.
"Alimosho is coming alive. It is in your hands to claim ownership of these projects and work with the present administration. We must reduce the incidents of encroachment on government lands so that investors can have confidence that if they bring their money, the community will not worry them".
The Governor who also reacted to insinuation by some people that the administration was tired said: "I don't feel tired and the members of my team are also not tired. Our engine is on full blast and we are ready to run this race again faster and stronger than we ran the first term".
"How well we run this race will be evident in the number of your roads that we fix, in the number of schools that we deliver, in the number of your markets that we complete and in the quality of water that we provide for you".
He said on the part of the government, it will not be found wanting by the people, reiterating that it was part of his electioneering promise that the government will move from the highways to the inner city roads, adding that roads being handed over forms part of the inner city roads, asserting that more will still come.
He said not less than 600 people were employed during the process of the construction of the roads in the area, which is about keeping faith with the promise that if the people voted for the Action Congress of Nigeria (A.C.N), the administration will turn the red earth to tarred roads.
Governor Fashola emphasized that as the government continues to perform its duties to the citizens they also owe it a duty to keep the peace by ensuring that they live in peace and harmony at all times.
He said the people stands to gain more because if the people had been engaging in fighting among themselves, the contractor would not have been able to have the opportunity to work successfully on the project and they will not feel safe to do so.
He warned the people against setting up businesses on the pedestrian walk way of the roads and the drainages, urging them to cultivate the habit of doing their businesses in the appropriate places by going to the Physical Planning Ministry to get planning permits and the Local Governments to get necessary licenses.
"The prospect that our country has today is enormous and I know it and I will share it with you. But how we engage those opportunities depend on the business models that we use. Do we want to continue to do welding by the street sides?, Do we want to continue to manufacture blocks by the street sides?. Why can't you get a piece of land, get a planning approval, make it a block making industry. If I want blocks, I will drive there and come and buy from you. Let us change", Governor Fashola added.
He urged the residents of the area to ensure that the drainages serve their purpose, charging the Community Development Associations, Community Development Committees (CDCs) and Landlord Associations to get involved.
"You don't need law enforcement agents to tell us, to do the right thing because if we take ownership of these roads, protect the drainages, clean them by ourselves. We will be the ones who would benefit. As your businesses blossom, please ensure that you pay your taxes".
Also speaking at the Rufai/Yekini/Church Streets end after unveiling the plaque, Governor Fashola said over the last few years, the people struggled to get to their homes because of potholes and, broken roads, adding that the state started by fixing the high traffic bearing roads routes like Shasha road and Akowonjo Road.
He added that now the government is moving to roads that connect the various communities that make the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas.
He urged the people to support and work with Local Government Chairmen by showing support to understand their challenges, adding that they are doing their level best to compliment what the State is doing.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat said the roads have contributed to the economic empowering of the people of the area as a total of 600 people were employed during the construction.
He implored the CDAs and CDCs to take ownership of the new roads by ensuring that they protect them from willful damage.
Prominent among those who witnessed the commissioning ceremony were some members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioners for Special Duties, Dr Wale Ahmed, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl Toyin Ayinde, Special Adviser on Housing, Mr Jimoh Ajao and member of the Lagos House of Assembly representing Alimosho 1, Hon Adebisi Yussuff and the Chairman of Alimosho Local Government, Hon Olushola Adekunle.
The Governor later cut the tape and unveiled the plaque to formally hand over the new roads.