27th February, 2012
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has approved the N58.7 billion for the award of 156 new projects across the various local government areas in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
Out of this sum, the government has earmarked N36 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of some major roads across the state, such as the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Meiran Road Phase I in Alimosho at a cost of N1.15 billion.
There is also the construction of Aradagun-Iworo-Ajido (Phase I)-bridge section (1) in Badagry Local Government at a cost of N3.5 billion.
The rehabilitation and upgrading of Bakare/Salami Shuaibu/Adaranijo and Onisemo Street is expected to gulp N1.45 billion while the Ariyo-Ira Road-Muwo-Tedi Road Phase II in Ojo Local Government is also awarded, among other road projects.
Chairman, State Tenders Board, STB, and Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mrs. Florence Oguntuashe, at a news conference at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on the outcome of the Executive/STB Retreat, said 170 projects were considered while 156 scaled through with a total valuation of N58.7 billion from the 15 ministries, departments and agencies as well as MDAs.
“The 14 projects not approved had issues and once resolved, would be reconsidered. There were a number of other project proposals whose documentation and filing were not completed on time for consideration and would equally receive attention during the next STB meeting,” she said.
She said the Fashola administration was determined to complete all ongoing projects, saying that the projects considered for award cut across such sectors as road construction, housing, education, provision of water, agriculture, school rehabilitation and rural development.
Going through the list of projects to be awarded, it is evident that road construction takes the lion share with 62.7 per cent.
“You will quite agree that the reason for this is obvious,” she stated.
In the area of housing, the commissioner disclosed that 33 housing projects had been approved at a cost of N3 billion, while 41 blocks of 12 flats each would be constructed in Alimosho under the New Town Development Authority, NTDA.
“Three blocks of 36 units of flats for the Lagos State Ownership Mortgage Schemes are at Shitta and Surulere, while construction of 12 blocks of 144 units each have been considered for awarded at Shogunro have also been considered for approval under the Lagos State Development Property Corporation, LSDPC,” she added.
Oguntuashe further said that eight rural projects have been awarded for execution at a sum of over N706 million, saying the projects include the rehabilitation of micro water schemes at Igborosun, Badagry and Araromi; construction of bridge at Igbogun Ode-Omi Road and procurement of 25 transformers to boost rural electrification.
The commissioner noted that to ensure successful execution of the projects, the people must be involved through the voluntary payment of their taxes.
Speaking, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Ben Akabueze said the award of the projects had lots of economic benefits as it was estimated that between 20, 000 and 30, 000 jobs would be generated directly and indirectly.
By Kazeem Ugbodaga