Fashola Switches On 11.8 Kilometre Public Lighting On Ikorodu Road, Murtala Mohammed Way, Yaba
• Appeals to residents to take ownership and protect the public asset for the benefit of all
Oct 27, 2014 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, Monday evening switched on an 11.8 kilometre stretch of public lighting covering from Ikorodu Road to Iddo via Jibowu and Murtala Mohammed Way, Yaba even as he appealed to residents to take ownership of the asset.
The project, which consists of 11.8 kilometres of public lighting, is broken into two sections with one section consisting of 1.2 kilometres from Ikorodu Road to Jibowu while the second consists of 10.6 kilometres on Murtala Mohammed Way (from Jibowu to Iddo). It brings to a total of 410 kilometres of roads so far lit up in the City by the Government in the last three years.
In his remarks shortly after performing the ceremony, Governor Fashola also appealed to motorists who ply the roads to obey the State's Traffic laws especially by not driving against traffic saying by driving against traffic they not only endanger their lives but those of other road users.
The Governor, who said the switching on ceremony marked the end of the construction work in the area, added, however, that it also marks the commencement of maintenance works to make sure that the road stays in good state of repair.
He appealed particularly to communities around the project area including churches, schools, Railway Compound as well as others who pass through the roads to treat the infrastructure as a public asset adding, "It belongs to you".
"The lighting, I believe, will help this place on a daily basis. At nights, it will make security better, it will also improve the night economy in this community", the Governor said.
Aside providing jobs for a total of 89 people made up of 56 technicians, 12 painters, 10 welders, eight engineers and three supervisors, the project has increased the amount of functioning public lighting within the State to 410 kilometres while it signifies Government's continued commitment to light up the City 'Pole to Pole'.
Other major highways that have benefited from the Public Lighting project in the last three years include Gbagada Expressway, Carter Bridge, Iju Road, Ahmadu Bello Way, Marina Road (Badagry) and Alhaji Masha ( Surulere), among others.
Earlier, in her welcome address, the General Manager of Lagos State Electricity Board, Mrs. Damilola Ogunbiyi, thanked Governor Fashola and the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure as well as the State's Electricity Board for their roles in bringing the project to a successful conclusion adding that the lighting has connected Ikorodu Road all the way to Iddo.
Present at the colourful ceremony were Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Engineer Taofeek Tijani, his Finance counterpart, Mr. Ayo Gbeleyi, Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Ganiyu Johnson, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mrs. Iyabo Obasa and a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Emmanuel Olowo among other top Government functionaries.