The Lagos State Government has urged the Federal Government to direct the Federal Road Maintenance Agency to focus on rehabilitation of other federal roads in the state and hands off Ikorodu Road for the state to rehabilitate.
The government explained that it had applied for and had taken over
the maintenance and rehabilitation of Ikorodu Road, not only to ensure
its improvement but to upgrade its facilities because of its policy on
The Lagos government was reacting to an information that the Federal
Government wanted to rehabilitate all federal roads in the state.
A statement by the state Ministry of Works and Infrastructure on
Wednesday said any inclusion of Ikorodu Road in the planned
rehabilitation could be misinterpreted as an undue interference which
would amount to a duplication of efforts and a waste of resources.
The statement said, “There are other federal roads in a critical
state begging for attention across Lagos. FERMA should concentrate its
rehabilitation programmes on such areas as the Lagos-Abeokuta
Expressway, Lagos-Sagamu Road, Apapa – Oshodi Expressway and a host of
“The inauguration of the BRT LITE scheme along the corridor from Mile
12 to Jibowu had seen the government take on the responsibility of
reconstruction and maintenance along the road.”
The statement said the government had constructed dedicated BRT lanes
from Jibowu to Mile 12, rehabilitated both sides of the service lanes
of the road, and did the gully grating and replacement of 89 manhole
covers among other efforts .
“With such a commitment demonstrated by the government, it will be a
sheer waste of energy and indeed a design to create unnecessary tussle
between the various agencies of the government for Ikorodu Road to be
included in any rehabilitation project.