Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday urged community leaders and residents of the State to jealously guard the infrastructure provided by government in their domain, just as he promised that more projects would be embarked upon in all the communities across the State.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by members of the State Executive Council who spoke simultaneously at five different Local Government Areas of the State during the commissioning of various projects in commemoration of his first year in office, said the people must take ownership of government facilities in their domain, as such would go a long way in bringing about the enjoyment of the facilities for a long time.
While assuring that his administration will make Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the State very vibrant in delivering the dividends of democracy to various communities, Governor Ambode said he will continue to support the Councils in order to provide basic infrastructure for the people of the state.
Besides, Governor Ambode assured residents that the 114 inner roads embarked upon by his administration in all the 57 Councils would be completed by the end of June 2016 as planned.
At the Apapa Local Government, the projects commissioned by the Governor include 9 roads within the Apapa Business District, Ultra-modern Liverpool Jetty, 12 block of classrooms at Methodist Nursery and Primary School and 4 block of classrooms at Arakan Barracks Nursery and Primary School with standard facilities such as modern toilets, sick bay, furniture, ceiling fans, ramps to accommodate the physically challenged, among others.
Specifically, the road commissioned are Marine Road, Bombay Crescent, Randle Road, Ibikunle Akintoye Street, Commercial Road, Burma Road, Plateau Road, Zeek Avenue, Marine Road Extension and Connector Road; otherwise known as Bombay Crescent to Calcutta Road Phase III.
The roads were designed to accommodate walkways, street light and drainage system.
In Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government, Governor Ambode commissioned an Ultra-modern Court Complex and a 360-meters interlocking road with drainage situated in Aduke Street, while in Ikorodu, the Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for the Environment, Hon. Babatunde Adejare, commissioned an Ultra-modern shopping complex at the popular Sabo Market.
He also commissioned the Ota-Ona Dual Carriage Road as well as block of classrooms in Agbede, all in Ikorodu.
At Badagry, the Governor who was represented by the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemo commissioned a block of 16 classrooms and another block of 8 classrooms, as well as 6 classrooms in Badagry West Local Council Development Area.
At Kosofe, the Governor represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo commissioned road projects at Oladele, Shoyebi and Ademola Taiwo/Alamu Taiwo/Ogunsola Streets.
Speaking on the 114 LG roads, Governor Ambode, who was represented at the Ajeromi-Ifelodun commissioning by the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem said: “The feat is unprecedented in the history of Lagos and this has provided employment to over 9,000 citizens directly and indirectly within the year. Counterpart funding of more than 60% has been committed by the state to ensure speedy completion of the exercise before the end of June, 2016.”
In Apapa Local Government, the Governor, who was represented by the State’s Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf said the projects were in sync with his promise of running an all-inclusive government where no area would be left behind.
Speaking on the projects, the Ojora of Ijora, Oba Fatai Aromire commended Governor Ambode, saying the remarkable feat achieved just within one year in office was an eloquent confirmation that the State is progressing.
“As the paramount ruler of this domain, I like to specially appreciate our amiable Governor for the projects he embarked upon in our area. We are indeed very happy and wish the Governor well in the leadership of the State,” Oba Aromire said.
Also, Vice Chairman of Apapa Community Development Committee (CDC), Mr. Saka Yussuf said the projects commissioned in their area were unprecedented in the history of the area, adding that the people were indeed happy with the leadership of the State.
At Ikorodu, a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye commended the laudable stride of the Governor in just 11 months of inception, just as he appealed to people who are yet to feel the impact of government in their areas to be patient.