12th August, 2011
The Lagos State Government says it needs N109 billion to be able to rehabilitate all inner roads in Ikeja, Lagos, South West Nigeria.
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Kadri Hamzat, disclosed this yesterday while inspecting the first phase of the development of Isheri-Osun Bridge under construction on Ijegun-Isheri-Oshun-Isolo road.
Hamzat said the state government alone did not have the money to rehabilitate all these roads, which informed the reason why road rehabilitation was being done in phases so that all councils in Lagos could benefit.
â€œThe construction of this road has to be phased. We have all the design and everything; it is a question of money really. We want to do all the inner roads in Lagos immediately, but we do not just have the money to fulfil all those obligations. In Ikeja alone, it would require about N109 billion, which means we have to put these things in phases.
â€œThatâ€™s why we said we should take the bridge first and then we can do the roads. So itâ€™s a question of money. As the resources come in, remember, we are not just doing only this area, we are doing various parts of the state; so, as the resources come in, the next phase will be to do the roads.As you can see, there are various parts which we need to fix,â€ he explained.
The commissioner said there are two bridges on the road, adding â€œthe first one we visited was 200 metres and this is 800 metres. So the moment we have the bridge in place, itâ€™s relatively easier to do the road.â€
According to him, the site where the bridge was being constructed used to be a dumpsite, â€œa garbage land, so you can imagine the quality of the sand. They need to remove all the rubbish and everything and then start to fill it with good soil because you know there are bad soil; apparently that took some time and then since 70 percent of piling has been done, we are making progress.â€
According to him, â€œso far, we are pushing the contractor to deliver the bridge on time, but we also understand that there are challenges in terms of structures. We are here to assess and see whatever we can do to make sure that we keep our fulfilment to the people of the state.
â€œThe truth of the matter is that there are so many challenges when you do roads. There are areas where there are buildings and so by the time we finish, we will want to do dual carriage roads both side. So we have to talk to people because some peopleâ€™s fence may be affected. You canâ€™t just come in and do the road.â€
Deputy Managing Director, Hitech Construction Company Limited, Mr. Dany Abboud, whose company is handling the project, said work started on the bridge in 2008 and in the next 15 months, the project would be completed.
â€œAs you can see, this area is a very marshy area. The time that we took to fill was long. The major work was the filling and now the piling is on. We have completed about 70 percent of the piling.
â€œBetween 12-15 months, we would have been through with the bridge. We have not really had any major challenge because we have the support of the government that is committed to the project. We have one kilometre of the bridge we are constructing; we were only awarded the bridges.â€