Months after the Lagos State Government (LASG) completed the official commissioning of the first phase of 114 Roads project across the 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs in the State, the government has announcement it will deliver another 114 roads in 2017.
As a result, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode during his last town hall meeting held at the Indoor Sports hall, Sir Molade Okoya Thomas Complex, Surulere, disclosed that the process for rehabilitating another 114 roads has commenced.
While the new phase of the roads project is scheduled to be duly completed by the end of November 2017, Governor Ambode during the presentation of his 2017 Appropriation Bill for approval by the Lagos State House of Assembly revealed some roads that the budget plans to fix.
These roads include, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road from Oshodi, Agric-Isawo-Owotu-Arepo Road, Ikorodu, Igbe Road, Igbogbo, and Phase II of Bola Tinubu Way, Ikorodu. Others include Oke-Oso-Araga-Poka, Epe, Ijegun Imore Phase II, Amuwo, Epe-Poka-Mojoda Road, and Completion of the Abule-Egba, Ajah and Pen Cinema flyovers.
With plans to collate the 114 Roads across the 57 LGs/LCDAs already underway, InsideMainland can authoritatively report that it would be a sacrilege if the Phase II of the 114 Roads does not rehabilitate some of the under listed roads.
- Alhaji Akinwunmi Street through Five Star Junction, Ladipo Market, Mushin.
- Kirikiri Road, Olodi – Apapa, Ajegunle.
- Ajinde Ayo, Akintunde, and Suberu Oje Streets, Alagbado.
- Bako Estate Road, Adekeye Street, and Association Avenue, Irawo – Ajegunle.
- Emmanuel Street, Ogudu.
- Coconut, Berger, Amukoko, Alakoto Roads, Apapa, Ajegunle.
- Offin – Oreta Road, Igbogbo – Ikorodu.
- Victory Estate Road, Iba.
- Ilaje Road, Araromi, Alimi, Arobabadade, Oresegun Streets, Bariga.
- Oko Baba, Otumara, Fatiregun, Jebba, Odaliki, Ojo – Oniyun, and Sowore Streets, Ebute Metta.
- Jimoh and Ogunbiyi Streets, Akowonjo.
- Stadium Road, Igbogbo – Ikorodu.
From our investigations, the roads above are some of the most used roads by residents across the Lagos mainland but they are currently in deplorable state.
A visit to the Ladipo automobile market revealed the horror in the state of the roads and how traders access the market daily with their trousers rolled up to knee-length and boots strapped to their ankles.
Accessing the market from Five Star Bus Stop through Alhaji Akinwunmi Street is a terrible experience due to the water logged nature of the road and its lack of a proper drainage. Also, road users can easily fall off the tiny path used as a walk way owing to its slippery nature.
Same is the case for residents across, Oko Baba, Otumara, Fatiregun, Jebba, Odaliki, Ojo – Oniyun, and Sowore Streets, Ebute Metta. It would be recalled that during the last Stakeholders Meeting held simultaneously across the 57 LGs/LCDAs in Lagos, these roads dominated discussion during at the Lagos Mainland Constituency represented by Hon. Oladele Adekanye.
Also, the Emmanuel Street in Ogudu has been in a deplorable state for more than 20 years and it was recently partly rehabilitated by the State Government. The plan to officially commission the partly completed road by LASG was vehemently protested by residents of the area who wielded placards during the process. Presently, the road is still in a bad state causing worry for residents of the axis.
For residents of Ajegunle, the popular Kirikiri Road which connects parts of the community has been in a deplorable state more than fifteen years and is on the verge of isolation. When it rains, the road becomes difficult to access for residents and might presently compete as one of the worst roads in the Lagos Metropolis.
Such is also the cases across the other listed roads with residents battling to ply the roads on a daily basis.
It is however imperative that the government authorities saddled with the responsibility of selecting the roads that will be rehabilitated in the Phase II of Roads look into these aforementioned roads to ensure the roads are put back in shape.