28th March, 2011
The Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) has warned Lagosians againstÂ throwing refuse and burning tyres on the roads.
Giving this warning at a stakeholders forum on the roles of the public in curbing road damage, held at its Ojodu office in Lagos, the chairman of the corporation, Mr. Gbenga Akintola, decried the attitude of some road users who have formed the habit of throwing refuse on the road.
The LSPWC Chairman also disclosed measures taken by his corporation to make the roads motorable.
He identified lack of proper care of the environment as the major cause of road damage.
â€œSome people throw refuse on the road without thinking of the consequences. Throwing refuse on the road weakens the materials used in constructing the road and reduces its life span. Also, burning of tyres on the road contribute to the damage.
â€œMy advice forÂ stakeholders is that since we are the primary owners of the roads, we should make sure we do everything necessary to maintain them,â€ he stated.
He appealed to law enforcement agents to monitor vehicles, especially heavy duty ones, plying roads meant for smaller vehicles.
He disclosed that the money that should have been used to construct new roads was being used to maintain them and urged stakeholders to educate their colleagues on maintenance of the roads.
In his own remarks, Rev. Ajikoko, an agent of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, advised LSPWC to quickly fill the potholesÂ before they become craters. He added that waste bins should be provided along the roads to prevent commuters and other road users littering the roads with refuse.
Another participant, Alhaji Abdul Rasheed said government should appoint supervisors to monitor roads when they are being constructed to ensure quality.
A staff of the corporation,Â Engr. Ganiyu Aiyepe, appealed to members of the public to bear with it over the state of roads in the state, stressing that construction can only be done during the dry season. â€œWe are doing our best to expand the scope of the work being done on the damaged roads. We are not doing it for political reasons but when the weather is fair,â€ he added.