Amid economic recession rocking the country, Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday said the state government has injected a whooping sum of N19 billion into the construction of inner roads in its metropolis to reflect its status as African modern mega city.
Ambode who disclosed this while simultaneously inaugurating 114 roads yesterday through top Lagos State government officials across the state said the roads will help to boost economic prosperity of the state.
He said, “At a time the national economy is facing financial challenges, our administration is able to inject over N19 billion into the economy of our state, stimulating employment and engaging the business sector.
“No fewer than 89 local companies executed the road project with thorough supervision by the communities and the government. About 5, 700 direct jobs were created for professionals, artisans and labourers in the construction industry. A larger number of people, approximately 10,000 suppliers and dependants felt the positive impact of this stimulus package in their lives.
“The idea of 114 roads with streetlights simultaneously executed across 57 local governments at the rate of two roads per local government is a historic leap of faith for our administration and the citizens of Lagos. It is a test of our capacity to create a goal, set targets, mobilise the resources and manage the funds with extra-ordinary prudence and commitment.”
He explained in line with “our principle of civic empowerment, the state encouraged the community development associations to suggest the roads requiring construction according to their needs in the locality, while also working with them to participate in the monitoring of the projects towards taking ownership on completion.
Ambode added that as the government hands over the roads to the communities, they will continue to display confidence in the people by allocating to them the task of maintaining the street lights and monitoring the maintenance of the roads.
The governor added that, “The 114 road projects as a collaborative intervention of the state and local governments to make Lagos a true megacity shall be an annual rite of development. As I speak, the process for the second round of 114 road projects is beginning. I urge all the communities to be part of it.”