Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday expressed displeasure at the state of roads in Bariga.
The governor ordered contractors to move to a site in the next two weeks to fix the roads.
Ambode, who spoke after inspecting the roads in Bariga, ordered contractors to begin work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street.
The governor, who awarded the contract for the construction of Ariyo Road, said the dilapidated roads were unacceptable to his administration.
He said in line with the commitment of his administration to transform every part of the state, a new jetty would be built in Ilaje, while a multi-purpose playground and recreation centre would also be built in Oworonshoki.
Ambode said: “I have just gone round Odunsi Street, Ariyo Street and then Ilaje Street, all connecting Oworo Bus Stop with Bariga. I am totally displeased with the state of the roads that I have personally seen.
“So, within the next two weeks, contractors will begin work on Ilaje Road and Odunsi Street. We have already awarded the contract for Ariyo Road, which will go under the Third Mainland Bridge, after Bertola and go to the other side of Oworonsoki.
“In addition to the roads on this Ilaje Road, we will also give you a brand new jetty. Like we have always said, every community in Lagos will not be left behind. We should be able to live in Bariga, work in Bariga and play in Bariga.
“On the other side of Oworonshoki, we are going to sand-fill and dredge that other part where the bus stop is so that we can have a multi-purpose playground, recreation and entertainment hub.”
In a swift response to the plea of residents of Soluyi community in Bariga, Ambode ordered that work should begin on the road in the axis within 21 days to ease movement to Gbagada expressway.
The governor urged the residents to continue to pay their taxes and embrace peace to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
He said: “I know the people in these communities have always supported our government. So, what we have just come to do is to say a big thank you to you. We are doing the work you have sent us to do.
We are doing the work you have sent us to do.
“I want to encourage you to continue to pay your taxes. I am very happy this neighbourhood is a little bit crime-free now. I am enjoying the peaceful atmosphere in this area. When you promise me peace, I will do more for your neighbourhood.”
The Sole Administrator of Bariga Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Sanya Osijo, expressed appreciation to the governor for giving the order.
He said the repairs would end the suffering of the residents, Ambode also paid an unscheduled inspection to the site of the construction of world-class transport interchange at Oshodi.
The governor directed contractors to work assiduously to meet the completion deadline.
Source: The Nations