Excitement as Sanwo-Olu commissions roads In Ikorodu
• It’s ‘thank you gift to electorate, says Gov. Sanwo-Olu
• Promises completion of Agric-Isawo, Igbogbo-Baiyeku roads, others
There was excitement among residents of Ikorodu as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commissioned Oba Sekumade road in Ipakodo and rehabilitated T.O.S Benson road.
Speaking at the event, the governor said the roads provide easy access to residential and industrial areas in Ibeshe, Igbogbo-Baiyeku, Ebute Ipakodo, Ikorodu town and Ipakodo Mega Jetty Terminal.
Sanwo-Olu described the commissioning as a “thank you” gift for the electorate in Ikorodu Division for turning out second largest vote number that made his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to win the last gubernatorial election.
He said: “Today, we have come back to Ikorodu Division to show our appreciation and say a big ‘Thank You’ to Ikorodu residents for keeping faith with our government. This town has been good to our party with its outstanding voters’ support during elections. What else can we do to demonstrate our appreciation other than to come to this important base of Lagos heritage and hand over a gift of infrastructure that will bring huge benefits to the people?
“The commissioning of Oba Sekumade road and the rehabilitation of T.O.S Benson road points to another demonstration of what purposeful governance is all about. These projects reflect our commitment to delivering dividends of democracy and ensuring that development touches every nook and cranny of Lagos. These projects are strategic to strengthening various interventions initiated to improve traffic management on this axis. The hardship being experienced by drivers has been resolved, as we have enhanced connectivity and reduced journey time.”
Sanwo-Olu said Ikorodu Division would further reap more infrastructure benefits during his second term, stressing that the State government had got the assurance of contractors to accelerate construction work on other infrastructure projects.
The governor particularly mentioned the ongoing construction of Agric-Isawo road, which the contractor had pushed to 60 per cent completion.
He pledged improvement in pace of work on Ewu Elepe-Gberigbe road, Igbogbo-Bola Ahmed Tinubu road and Adamo-Agunfoye road construction.
He also charged Lagos State Public Works Corporation to race up the work on Igbogbo-Baiyeku road to improve connectivity within the axis.
Sanwo-Olu noted that the traffic interchange being developed at Ita Elewa roundabout would change the transportation landscape of Ikorodu when completed, adding that the project, currently at 55 per cent completion, will open a new BRT corridor within Ikorodu.
His words: “What we care about is ensuring that the next four years come with bigger dividends delivered faster than we have done in our first tenure. There will be accelerated development across the city in next dispensation. Ikorodu is part of the Greater Lagos that is rising.
“In the next couple of months, we will be doing groundbreaking for the Fourth Mainland Bridge, which will cut across major sections on Sagamu-Ikorodu expressway before finally opening to Lagos-Ibadan expressway. We are committed to delivering this project in our second term to completely open Ikorodu to the world.”
Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, said the upgrade of Oba Sekumade road to a rigid pavement dual carriageway did not only solve traffic problems experienced on the highway, but also flooding issues threatening adjoining residential communities.
She said the state government’s insistence on sustainable infrastructure, adequate drainage channels, and quality lighting facilities done on the road underscored the Sanwo-Olu administration’s commitment to high standards.
“I believe that with the rehabilitation and upgrade of this road, the challenge of flooding and inadequate capacity will now become a thing of the past. This in turn will also translate into improved free flow of traffic and a much-needed reduction in travel time for the business owners in the area and the motoring public at large,” she said.
Sekumade of Ipakodo, Oba Bashiru Shotonwa, described the development as historic, noting that the road remained significant for socioeconomic development of Ikorodu.
The traditional ruler said the road condition worsened due to the influx of manufacturing companies and residential development, which mounted pressure on its usage.
“Mr. Governor, by fulfilling your promise to us today, you have written your name in gold in the history of Ipakodo. We will continue to remember your name for good,” Oba Shotonwa said.
Member representing Ikorodu II in House of Assembly, Sanai Agunbiade, said the huge votes turned out from Ikorodu was to reciprocate the Governor’s gesture towards renewing infrastructure in the town.
The lawmaker said the rehabilitation of TOS Benson road was an icing on the cake, as it was not part of the original project.
“These roads have brought huge relief to commuters on this axis and we can now say goodbye to flooding of our streets,” Agunbiade said.