Hon. Oladele Rufus Adekanye, representing the Lagos Mainland Constituency I in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has responded to the exclusive report done by InsideMainland on the horribly constructed road in Erejuwa, Makoko axis of Lagos. The road constructed by Hansmag (Nig) Limited was poorly done and rushed to meet the deadline date set aside for commissioning by LASG.
Commenting on the road development, Hon. Adekanye popularly referred to as Lado in a chat with InsideMainland said that “the idea was to encourage local contractors and I don’t think there was anything wrong in doing that. This is done so that the economy can be bold but some people take advantage of the opportunities given to them. We want to believe that we have few of such cases (substandard roads constructed) and we will correct them accordingly using the processes that have been identified by the Lagos State House of Assembly.”
He added that the “Governor is concerned about excellence and of course those of us at the Lagos State House of Assembly too. We want no less. Where we notice things of that nature, we are already working on them and we can assure our people in Lagos State that we will do the best to ensure that corrections are made.”
Speaking on the processes in correcting the shoddy job done by the local contractors, he said, “some of these contractors will be invited and then we will ask them to do the right thing and we hope that subsequently it changes because the process is an ongoing thing and new set of roads will still be constructed. We want to ensure that as we treat the substandard roads, there will not be a repeat of such cases again in the future.”
When asked if the government will desist from working with local contractors owing to the faults in the job done by the local contractors, Hon. Adekanye disclosed that “there has been no regret whatsoever working with local contractors. Do we want to begin to invite foreigners to fix our roads again? On a personal note, I can say that the idea is ideal and good for the State. We run an economy that needs to be encouraged and boosted in one way. How better can you do that other than encourage those that are local contractors by giving them the opportunity so that whatever money we plan to spend as a State government, it has a direct impact on the society.”
“Some people have argued that we are in a recession and I agree with them totally. The best way to get out of recession is to spend money. What do you spend money on? You spend money on infrastructural development part of which is road construction across the State. The intentions are good but you cannot but have some awkward situations of the type that we have had in some instances. In a lot of cases, the roads are very good so if we have one or two cases, they can be said to be at best an anomaly and it will be corrected by the State Government through the Lagos State House of Assembly as well as the Executive arm. We are poised to correcting it and it will be corrected,” he further stated.
You will recall that the Erejuwa Street in Makoko was completely submerged under water three days after it was commissioned by Hon. Kazeem Ademola Alimi on behalf LASG as part of the 114 Local Government Roads project across the 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs in the State on Monday, September 19, 2016.
Since then, the road contractor is still battling to rescue the road from total collapse. When our correspondent visited the site today, constriction workers were seen replacing interlocks removed from parts of the road to put it back in proper shape.