‘Stop Damaging Our Roads’

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Lagosians have been advised to protect roads in the state by avoiding habits that degrade them.

Speaking at a stakeholders forum organised by the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) on the role of the public in curbing road damage, the facilitator, Engineer Ganiyu Aiyepe, identified natural and man-made causes of road damage and appealed to residents to protect the roads.

Aiyepe explained that Lagos roads were prone to damage because of the flat terrain of the state. According to him, the state’s water table is very near the surface and so affects the durability of the roads.

Aiyepe, who was the former head of project of LSPWC, listed dumping of refuse, burning of items, cutting of roads and overloading of vehicles as some of the man-made causes of road damage in the state.

He also blamed the poor state of roads in the state on the pouring of petroleum products on the tarred road, activities of car washers, overspeeding and indiscriminate dumping of refuse on the roads.

He implored Lagosians to stop dumping refuse on the roads as a measure to prolong their life-span.

The road management expert also appealed to petroleum tanker drivers and mechanics not to pour petroleum products on the roads as this erodes the bitumen used to produce the asphalt spread on the roads.

He identified water as the chief enemy of the roads and advised car washers to stop degrading the roads by allowing the water used in washing vehicles to spread to tarred roads.

Aiyepe warned Lagos residents to desist from cutting of roads without obtaining the necessary permit from the government agency charge with road maintenance.

He explained that articulated vehicles should be limited to expressways and highways constructed for high capacity vehicles only in order to prevent them from damaging inner city roads.

The expert warned protesters against burning tyres on the roads as this also leads to road damage.

In his presentation on the causes of road damage in the state, the executive chairman, LSPWC, Mr. Gbenga Akintola, appealed to Lagosians to cooperate with the agency to maintain the roads in the state.

Akintola revealed that the agency was in the process of acquiring road maintenance equipment, adding that some of the agency’s equipment had been deployed to various parts of Lagos to repair damaged roads.

He sought the support of Lagosians in making the roads durable.

The LSPWC boss further explained that the recent heavy rains had stalled the repair of damaged roads in the state but assured that men and materials would be mobilised to begin work on the roads once the rains stop.

Students from selected schools in the state also participated in the forum.

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