Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Lagos gov to FG: Leave Ikorodu Road for us

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 mass transit.
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 others.
“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.
“The reconstruction of Ketu to Ikorodu town is designed to ensure a better motoring road for the vast majority of people living within the axis especially in the face of neglect by federal authorities,” the statement said.

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