The Ad hoc Committee set up by the Lagos State House of Assembly to look into the state of federal roads has submitted the report of its findings and recommendations to the House.
Contained in the report is the discovery that the N52 billion expended on the rehabilitation of federal roads in the state was yet to be refunded by the federal government.
While presenting the report, Deputy Whip, Hon. Rotimi Abiru said, “the committee discovered that the state is yet to be refunded with N52 billion expended on the repair and rehabilitation of federal roads in the state.”
Abiru also revealed that the committee uncovered that the covers for the several manholes on major highways in the state were stolen, thereby exposing motorists to imminent danger. It therefore recommended that security be beefed up to ensure protection of government infrastructure from disgruntled elements in the society.
According to him, Lagos State has taken over bad roads and embarked on their rehabilitation. The committee in its final submission recommended that letter of appeal be written to the president for the reimbursement of the expended fund on the federal roads in the state while a copy of same be forwarded to the national assembly.
The recommendation also identified the need to cover the manholes in order to alleviate the suffering of Lagosians while adequate measure should also be put in place to secure their theft.
Hon. Alawiye King representing Lagos Island Constituency 2 seconded the motion for adoption of the recommendation. Meanwhile, a bill for the repeal and re-enactment of the road traffic law in the state also took the first reading on the floor of the House.