Lagos Councils Get New Lease Of Life


As part of plans to give them a face-lift, the Lagos State government is constructing and  upgrading projects in Ajeromi/Ifelodun and Apapa Local Government Areas of the state.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ganiyu Johnson, said the  projects were part of government’s urban regeneration programme to cushion the effects of  flooding in the areas.

Johnson said, during an inspection last week, that most of the projects would be  completed before the end of this year and called on residents and the entire people of  Lagos to pay their taxes to facilitate completion of the projects, noting that government  uses tax payers’ money to provide amenities.

The Special Adviser gave a breakdown of work done to include demolition of obstructing  structures, construction of various types of drains, asphalting, landscaping and  beautification as well as construction of culverts, among others.

Also inspected was a magistrate’s court building under construction at Orege area of  Ajegunle. The decision to build the new structure, according to Johnson, was informed by  the dilapidated state of the old court building as evidenced by the visible structural  cracks on its walls.

He said the old building was found to be structurally defective and had to be demolished  to pave the way for the construction of a new structure.

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On construction of Olumokun/Olayinka/Sanusi/Oduduwa streets in Ajeromi, the Special  Adviser explained that the road serves as link for residents of Ajeromi and Ifelodun  communities, who had long been separated by system canal in the area.

He highlighted other benefits of the road to include provision of job opportunities for  artisans, improved standard of living and reduction in flooding, among others.

At another location in Ajeromi/Ifelodun council, a 100-bed medical and child care centre,  which Johnson said is ready for commissioning, was equally inspected.

According to him, two similar ones have been built in Ikorodu and Isolo, while another is  under construction in Amuwo Odofin.

The last inspection was the construction of Adekunle-Deen road in Apapa Local Government  Area, the length of which was put at 715 metres and with 79 per cent work progress.

Johnson explained that the construction was designed to provide access to Sari-Iganmu  community, improve standard of living of the residents, enhance hydraulic drainage system  discharge and serve as traffic diversion particularly during the construction of  Lagos-Badagry Expressway, among others.

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