Sanwo-Olu commissions nine roads, bridge in Gbagada, Lagos
Tasks residents on protection, ownership
There was excitement yesterday among residents of Gbagada and Soluyi communities in Kosofe Local Council as Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu commissioned a network of nine roads with a bridge.
The roads commissioned are Aderemi Akeju Street with deck on pile bridge, Okun Street, Femi Kufo Street, Brown Street, Adegbenro, Ganiyat Dawodu, Yetunde Brown, Anipole and Sosanya streets.
Before the reconstruction, the roads were in deplorable state, resulting to severe traffic. A community leader, Ramon Tajudeen recalled how motorists found it difficult to navigate the roads, especially during the rainy season. He extolled the governor for coming to their aid and resolving gridlock on the roads.
Another resident, Biriki Yewande said the provision of drains in Yetunde Brown street will solve the perennial flooding in the area.
Also, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Kosofe Federal Constituency, Hon. Oluwarotimi Agunsoye, thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu for remembering the area, saying it would address the environmental and infrastructural challenges facing the community, including flooding.
He requested the governor to extend the gesture to Taiwo Street. Speaking, Governor Sanwo-Olu noted the strategic importance of Soluyi as a fast growing community in need of infrastructural renewal.
This, he said, informed his administration to prioritise the completion of the network of roads, with a total length of 2.840km, including a bridge, which will serve a population of more than 300,000 people, within the Soluyi-Araromi-Ifako-Gbagada communities.
The newly-completed network of roads , he said, will serve as alternative route, a by-pass, for motorists within the Soluyi Community to the Third Mainland Bridge (TMB) and Apapa-Oworonsoki Expressway via the Third axial underpass.
In addition to all the benefits, the governor said, it will improve transport connectivity, standard of living and environmental mitigation.
He said: “I am pleased to note that in delivering these projects, jobs were created for about 380 persons: including engineers, supervisors, and various cadres of artisans.
“With the completion of these projects, our administration has once again demonstrated the topmost priority that we accord to the welfare and well-being of the people of Lagos, in line with our Greater Lagos Vision, and the Traffic Management and Transportation Pillar of our THEMES Governing Agenda.
“The ever-increasing number of people living in Lagos, and the attendant rise in vehicular traffic volumes and axle loads are partly responsible for the issues we face regarding road infrastructure in the state.
“We can and will take some pressure off our roads by utilising our waterways and by rail technology. This is why we are pushing ahead with determination on the Lagos Light Rail project, as well as the construction of jetties and deployment of boats and ferries across the state.”
The governor tasked the Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the area to assume ownership of and responsibility for the judicious use of these projects/roads.
“You must care for them with devotion and dedication, and keep them clean, and the drainage free of waste, at all times,” he added.
Earlier, the Special Adviser for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye said the nine roads and the bridge have helped in improving connectivity while providing multiple bye-passes and also reduce traffic gridlocks.