Report Erring Contractors, Deputy Governor Urges Lagosians

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Lagos State deputy governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, has urged Lagosians to report contractors in the state who fail to properly implement contracts that have been awarded to them.

The deputy governor, who made the appeal to resident associations and community development committees in the state, also urged them to be involved in the monitoring of on-going projects within their communities.

Orelope-Adefulire, who handed down the appeal while speaking during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Ojodu Local Council Development Area, admonished residents of the area to see the projects as their own, noting that government is doing all within its power to provide social amenities for the development of the people and reiterated the need to guide and protect such government investments.

She noted that the Fashola-led administration is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to transform the state as she informed residents of Oke-Ira, Aguda and Ogba communities within the LCDA that some of the yearnings of the people in terms of drainage and road construction had already received government attention and the contractors will move to site as soon as the rainy season is over.

She said that the monthly environmental sanitation exercise is one of the policies of the state government towards ensuring a cleaner environment and a short-term means of tackling the menace of flood, which has ravaged Lagos in the recent past. She enjoined the people to continue to keep their environment clean and also desist from dumping refuse in the drainages, which hinders free flow of water.

On some of the structures and shanties constructed along the drainage channel and power line, Orelope-Adefulire reiterated government’s resolve to demolish any structure that will disrupt the flow of water, noting that the insensitivity of few people should not wreak havoc on the lives of millions of others that may be affected in the case of flooding.

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“If you build your house, whether it is a building or shanty on the path of drainage channels, the Physical Planning Ministry will notify you on the need to pull down such structures and at the expiration of that notice, we would have no choice than to demolish it. Our government is not ready to lose precious lives through perennial flooding, which is usually caused by human error and in doing that, we’ll leave nothing to chance,” she declared. The deputy governor also disclosed that the state’s Ministries of Education and Youth and Social Development will ensure that all public schools within the state are properly fenced with gates manned by security personnel.

This, she said, is to prevent hoodlums and social miscreants from turning the schools into hide outs.

“We have directed the Youth and Social Development Ministry to facilitate the rehabilitation of some of our youths roaming the streets and hanging around our schools to engage in all forms of social vices, we know most of them are victims of circumstances, that is why the ministry will invite them for counselling, rehabilitation and ensure they acquire some vocation skills and do something good for themselves,” she stated.

Chairman of Oke-Ira Community Development Association, Mr. Julius Oloro, while enumerating the needs of the area, appealed to the deputy governor to ensure that the area is not left out of the continued transformation of the state by the Fashola-led administration.

He said residents of the area need more road network and modern drainage system, which, he said, will help alleviate the suffering the people.

The deputy governor was accompanied by the commissioners of The Environment, Local Government Affairs, Rural Development and Physical Planning as well as the General Manager of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), local government chairmen and other senior officials of the state government.

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