Gov. Ambode: Reconstruction Of Oshodi/Int’l Airport Road Begins Next Month

State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said that work on the
proposed expansion and reconstruction of the Oshodi-International Airport Road would
commence next month.

The Governor, who spoke at the Third Quarter Town Hall Meeting, the 8th in the
series, held at the Badore Ferry Terminal, Lagos also disclosed that plans are
already underway to commence the construction of 181 local government roads
next month.

On the Oshodi-International Airport Road, Governor Ambode said the
construction, which has already been awarded, would see the transformation of
the road from four lanes to 10 lanes from Oshodi to the International Airport
with interchange and flyover that would drop commuters to the Local Airport.

It would be recalled that in May 2017, Acting President, Professor Yemi
Osinbajo approved that the road be handed over to the Lagos State Government
for total reconstruction.

Governor Ambode, who had described the current state of the road as a national
disgrace, said that work would begin in earnest come September.

On the delay in the commencement of rehabilitation of 181 inner roads, Governor
Ambode said the development was due to the fluctuation in dollar rate at the
time the bid was last opened, but that a new bid would be opened in the next
two weeks, while work would commence in September.

“By the next two to three weeks, I will reopen the advert to get a new cost and
all things been equal the job would start on the roads by end of September,” he

Governor Ambode also assured residents that the State Public Works would seize
the period of the break of the rainy season to fix all potholes across the
State in order to improve drive time for motorists.

Speaking on the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) billed to commence next month,
Governor Ambode urged the people to be patient with his administration as the
plan which is a holistic and comprehensive waste management policy was currently
in its gestation period.

He said once fully operational, waste would be collected in line with
international best practices, while all parts of the State would be kept clean

The Governor however urged residents to adopt new attitude to disposing waste
and desist from dumping in drainages and canals, assuring that the Government
would provide adequate bins to discourage indiscriminate dumping.

“The question to ask is why are people putting their waste in the drains and
canals hoping that somehow the water will flush it away? The answer comes back
to government because we have not been able to provide the people with enough
bins or places where they can put the dirt.

“They cannot leave the dirt in the house so they must have a channel to get it
out. As government been able to provide enough locations, bins, bags and so on
where they can put that refuse and then we can collect it and when we collect
it efficiently, as part of their attitude, they will not go back to the canals
and the drains. They will only go back to where we have provided for them.

“Now, so we have enough equipment to clean Lagos? Are we having enough dino
bins, plastic bags, compactors that can go round the population of 22million
people? The answer before now is no. We are the largest waste producer in the
world more than New York. New York produces 10,000 tonnes of waste every day,
the waste accounted for in Lagos is 13,000 tonnes per day not to talk of areas
that are not documented”.

“Do we have enough equipment and compactors? We don’t have, but how do we have
it? We have not increased the taxes you are paying. The population is
increasing and by that fact the waste is increasing and we have not increased
revenue. But we need new equipment. Some people were doing it for us before but
we all saw the equipment they have been using to clean up the State and the
truth is it can never do it right.

“If we say we want to be a smart city and globally competitive, we must use the
approach that allows you to collect waste in a globally competitive way and
that is what we have done with the CLI without me punishing tax payers.

We have a partnership that provides 500 brand new compactors without me paying
one naira yet and with the partnership, we will provide 27,500 sanitation
workers in all our wards across the State who will be uniformed and clean
Ikorodu, Ayobo the same way they clean Victoria Island and then they will
provide bins where our people can now have the culture and attitude to put
their dirt in the bins instead of putting it in the canals and drains,”
Governor Ambode said.

In the meantime, Governor Ambode said all the 20 Local Government and 37 Local
Council Development Chairmen have been mandated to ensure 24/7 cleaning of the
environment, while officials of the State Government would be moving round to
evacuate waste.

As part of the initiatives to enhance commuting within the State, the Governor
said new modern bus terminals would be constructed commencing from this quarter
in Marina, Ajah, Ojota, Agege, Iju Ishaga and Iyana Ipaja, while as part of the
integrated transport system, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would be constructed to
connect Badore Jetty to Ajah.

Governor Ambode also said that his administration has earned the trust of
Lagosians in the last 26 months, adding that taxes paid have been judiciously
utilised to make life more comfortable for residents in the State.

He therefore thanked Lagosians for cooperating and helping his administration
to translate its visions and plans for the State to reality, noting that
without their taxes, it would have been impossible.

“I urge all other taxable individuals yet to join the tax net to go to the
nearest Lagos State Inland Revenue office to register.  Feel free to
honour your civic obligations.  We believe we have earned your trust.
 Every kobo paid as tax will be judiciously used for the good of

“Our government feels emboldened by the tremendous support and cooperation you
have continued to give us. This was also evident in your action of July 22nd
when you voted massively for the All Progressives Congress during the just
concluded Local Government elections,” Governor Ambode said.

He added that the Badore Road would be expanded at its entrance from Ajah
Roundabout, while plans are afoot to construct Oke-Ira Nla Road as an
alternative to totally eliminate traffic along the axis.

Responding to complaints by a resident of the axis, Mrs Abiodun Dina on the
activities of dredgers who are fond of spoiling the road and parking
indiscriminately on the road thereby subjecting people to avoidable traffic
snarl, Governor Ambode said in as much as government was not interested in
shutting down businesses but he would have to wield the big stick if the
dredgers fail to comply with rules of engagement.

The town hall meeting had in attendance the Majority Leader of the House of
Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu I, members
of the State Executive Council, members of the House of Assembly, top
government functionaries, party chieftains, traditional rulers, among others.

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