Fashola Commissions Roads In Akowonjo, Alimosho, Inspects Igando Housing Estate
• Calls on Lagosians to keep the peace as condition for good governance
May 24, 2012 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Thursday commissioned a network of 13 inner city roads in Akowonjo and Alimosho areas and inspected the Igando Housing Estate calling on Lagosians to keep the peace in order to ensure sustained governance
The roads include Church Street, Yekini Street, Rufai Street, Adeniran Ajiboye Street and Ifelodun Street which constitute a network of roads interlinked to other inner city roads in the two areas.
Fielding questions from newsmen after the inspection of Igando Housing Estate, Governor Fashola said the purpose was to match what has been done on paper with what was on the ground to enable Government take appropriate decision on the way forward.
According to the Governor who hinted that the cost of houses in the Estate may be reviewed, after working the cost of additional infrastructure such as access road into the overall cost, Government would come up with a revised project plan and a new cost so that those who are ready to continue with Government would be told the additional cost they have to meet adding that it is after the review that Government would be able to decide what it would cost and when the project would be delivered.
"We are mindful that some people have paid. I have told them to stop taking payments so that when we finish, those who want to still continue with us on the project we will decide on what terms and those who want to opt out because the new cost may not meet their financial plan will also have option", the Governor said
On the commissioned road projects, Governor Fashola, who expressed satisfaction at the progress being made in keeping his electoral promises to the people of Lagos, urged them to keep the peace pointing out that it is the only condition for delivering democratic dividends to the people.
According to the Governor, "It is all about keeping our electoral promises and I am satisfied with what we have seen and we are going to do more if the people keep the peace and give us their taxes with which to work. It is only when there is peace that we can render services satisfactorily".
"We work within a 24 hour schedule every day. There is no separate 24 hours for keeping the peace and another for work. If we spend part of that 24 hours managing crisis in any part of the State, it means that the work will wait and that period can no longer be used for work", the Governor said.
Governor Fashola said Nigeria and Lagos are on the threshold of emerging prosperity as a result of the downturn in the economy of and political affairs in parts of Europe adding that Lagos State has become a destination for investors from across the globe.
He recalled that on Wednesday, he hosted Africa Visa Sub-Sahara Africa (Pty) Ltd adding that another major company from South Africa was also heading for the State with a huge investment.
Indicating that more investors were heading for the State from across the world, Governor Fashola declared, "It means jobs for our people; it means economic prosperity. But it also means that the bar of competitions will be raised. Our people will have to brace up to compete".
"The roadside shops and all such unplanned businesses cannot compete", the Governor warned advising that Nigerian businessmen and women must be prepared to do business under such competitive environment.
Thanking Lagosians for their support and cooperation for his administration, Governor Fashola said the Government would continue the inner city road projects even as the Rainy Season sets in, rehabilitating where necessary and constructing new ones where expedient.
Those who accompanied the Governor on the tour included the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Femi Hamzat, his Special Duties counterpart, Dr. Wale Ahmed and Special Adviser on Housing, Mr. Jimoh Ajao, among other members of the State Executive Council and top government functionaries.