10th February, 2011
Lagosians have been assured of pot-hole free roads by the end of next year.
Giving this assurance in Lagos after taking journalists on a facility tour ofÂ asphalt productionÂ plant at its Ojodu-Berger office, Chairman, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Mr. Gbenga Akintola,Â said his corporation was determined to rid the state of pot-holes and become a reference point in roadÂ maintenance and rehabilitation in sub-saharan Africa.
To achieve this objectives, Akintola disclosed that his corporation had acquired equipment on roadÂ rehabilitation. They include 6 four-ton rollers, four walk behind rollers, 10 tractors, 16 pick-upÂ vans, two loaders, 10 asphalt cutters, three floodlights, two pavers, a bulldozer, wheel loader andÂ grader.
He added: â€œThis year, we are set to take delivery of additional items which are two units of potholeÂ patchers, a tar boiler, Hiab, four-ton roller and six walk behind rollers, among others.â€
Akintola who described the corporationâ€™s asphalt plant as the biggest in West Africa revealed that theÂ corporation refurbished some old heavy duty equipment to almost new status in the last couple ofÂ months to aid rehabilitation of roads in the state.
â€œIn order to achieve a pot-hole free Lagos State at the set target, we have realised the need to carryÂ out accelerated, non stop maintenance operations. We have put this into practice upon resumption ofÂ asphalt production in November, 2010. Our men have since then been on the road on a 24-hour basisÂ including public holidays, working hard to put smiles on the faces of Lagosians.
”Besides this, our recently adopted paving stone method will make it easy for work to continue, evenÂ during rainy season,” he stated.
The LSPWC boss disclosed that to reach as many places within the shortest possible time, hisÂ corporation concessioned road maintainance in certain locations to private firms. â€œWe believe thatÂ this approach is suitable for locations remote from LSPWCâ€™s base here at Ojodu-Berger, so as to manageÂ logistics more effectively, using the same direct labour system,â€ he added.
Akintola appealed to the federal government to implement its initiative to channel a percentage ofÂ revenue to road maintenance agencies in states across the federation. â€With this, we just might beÂ making progress in addressing the challenge of inadequate funding,” he said.