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Lagos seeks to end residents’ ordeal as Sanwo-Olu orders road repairs



Lagos embarks on massive repairs of roads, engages 8 construction giants

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu,  said on Sunday that it is embarking on massive construction and repairs of major highways and inner roads in the state beginning from Monday (today), the 14th of October.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile.

According to the statement, the governor’s directive on the repairs followed series of meetings with eight multi-national construction firms which began a few weeks back.

The contractors deployed by the government included Julius Berger, Hitech, Arab Contractors, Metropolitan Construction, Slavabogu Construction, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Rajaf Foundation Construction, and RCF Nigeria Ltd.

The statement also indicated that after his final meeting with the contractors, Governor Sanwo-Olu ordered the commencement of major construction work on identified highways considered critical to the reduction of traffic congestion in the state.

It also added that all the eight engineering firms had been given the mandate to immediately mobilise their equipment on the sites and commence major construction works on the identified roads.

”This afternoon, We have just concluded meeting with various reputable construction companies and all of them have been given the brief to immediately commence major construction work in various parts of the state.

”The exercise will begin on Monday with palliative work on the selected roads, which are both on the Island and mainland divisions of the state.

”The contractors have been given the mandate to start mobilising their equipment to their respective sites without further delay.

”Their activities must first give our people an immediate relief on the affected roads so that there can be free flow of traffic even during the rehabilitation work,” he said.

According to the statement, the Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) would also be carrying out repairs on 116 inner roads across the state to compliment the major construction works on the highways.

This, the statement said, would be in addition to over 200 roads already rehabilitated by the corporation in the last three months.

The governor, who said he was not unaware of the pain experienced by road users in the past few days, which was compounded by persistent downpour, appealed to residents to bear with the government, while efforts were being made to assuage their pains and bring permanent relief to them.

”We expect the rains will begin to subside in this month of October and this is why we are mobilising our contractors to immediately start the major construction work on the identified highways and bring permanent relief to residents.

”I am giving all Lagosians the assurance that the contractors will start the construction in earnest and will deliver on the terms of agreements reached with them,” the governor said.

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