11th October, 2010
Ajegunle, popularly known as AJ City, in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government is undoubtedly known for its notoriety.Â It harbours several miscreants and all manners of people, thus, several cases abound in courts awaitingÂ attention.
Because of the large number of cases awaiting adjudication, the few Magistrates Courts in the area cannot cope, leaving many people to stay in prison longer than necessary while awaiting trial.
It is in a bid to address this lingering problem that the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure is constructing a four-storey building housing 22 Magistrate Court rooms.
Touring the project, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson said government decided to embark on the project because it found the old magistrate court to be structurally defective, evidenced by the visible structural cracks on the wall and had to be demolished.
He said the magistrate’s courts being constructed had 22 court roomsÂ on four floors with ancillary facilities, adding that the building had dedicated parking on the ground floor and courtyards symmetrically positioned across the two wings of the building.
Johnson said the complex had slabs that would enable physically challenged people to access the storey building, adding that it also had canteen, generator and gatehouse and withholding cell.
Also, with maternal and child and maternal mortality rate high in Ajegunle, a three-storey Maternal and Childcare Centre, MCC with 100 beds and state of the art facilities has been completed in the area.
According to Johnson, the MCC is expected to cater for the health needs of the teeming populace of the area, stressing that the facilities in the centre are modern and could compete with those found anywhere.
The MCC has delivery rooms, private wards, doctorsâ€™ lodge, labour ward, nursesâ€™ stations andÂ laboratory, among others.
Other projects inspected in Ajeromi Local Government are the construction of Wilmer Crescent/Akpiri Street and Wilmer/Osho Drive with bridge; construction of Olumokun/Olayinka/Ododuwa Streets; Mobil-Boundary Road; Moshalashi Street and others.
The Olumokun/Olayinka/Sanusi/Ododuwa Streets, which is about 1,350 metres long is about 95 per cent completed.
According to Johnson, before reconstruction, the roads were impassable, as the two communities, Ajeromi and Ifelodun, had for long been separated by five canals in the axis.
On the Mobil-Boundary Road that has already been completed, the special adviser stated that prior to the execution of the project, there was terrible traffic situation in the axis giving rise to gridlock and long hours of travel time.
â€œThe project was designed to extend the expanded road from opposite Mobil House to the city centre of Ajegunle to reduce the usual traffic congestion in the area.Â Â The project has further opened up areas around boundary.
â€œThe project has eliminated traffic gridlock and thus reduced travel time and infiltration of hoodlums on the road within the corridor.Â Â The project has improved property value in the area and thus increased economic potential of the people,â€ he said.
However, the construction of Adekunledeen in Apapa Local Council Development Area was designed to provide motorable access to the highly populated community; to improve standard of living of the people; to enhance hydraulic drainage system discharge; to serve as a meaningful link to Lagos-Badagry Expressway and Iganmu Road, among others.