30th November, 2011
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola on Tuesday commissioned the N295 million Cocoa Industries Road built by Guinness Nigeria Plc in Ogba area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
The governor called on corporate organisations to continue to partner with his administration in the provision of socio-economic infrastructure.
He noted that the challenges faced by government implied that all the needs of the people could not be met.
Represented at the event by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, the governor explained that in spite of the efforts of his administration, the areas requiring action were many across such sectors as education, health and roads.
He stated that the call for partnership was not unique to the Nigerian environment, adding that there were private roads maintained by communities even in advanced countries.
Fashola added that his administration would continue to encourage private the sector to support government and promote their business.
While promising that the government would seriously consider the companyâ€™s request for a change of name, the governor explained that the process was no longer as easy as a proclamation since it involved the altercation of the content of the Stateâ€™s GIS data base, while he promised that the request would be given prompt action.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Babatunde Savage called for the renaming of the Street after the company.
He disclosed that the road was constructed as part of impacting on the companyâ€™s business environment and in line with its policy to actively engage with the environment.
Savage listed the areas of such engagement as health with the construction and sub renting of three hospitals and the provision of water in the 15 locations across the country.
According to him, Guinness would remain committed to the state government through prompt payment of taxes and other Public Infrastructure Improvement Partnership Projects.
The road was constructed by Messrs Palmyra Construction Company Nigeria limited with 783 metres in length and an average width of 14.6 metres dual carriageway.
The scope of work includes construction of drain, median, trucks hard stand, walkway, provision of service ducts and street lights.
â€” Kazeem Ugbodaga