……Reels Out Achievements
Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday said the performance of the administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has been impressive despite the challenges facing the state, occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the second anniversary of the administration, APC said the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic recession, EndSars protest were unexpected setbacks that the administration did not allow to distract it from fulfilling the party’s electoral promises.
APC, in a statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo, acknowledged that the state government has embarked on massive construction and rehabilitation of roads and fulfilled its commitment to complete inherited projects.
“Within the period under review, completed road projects included Oniru network network of roads, Ojokoro network of roads- 31 in number- the Pen Cinema fly-over, Agege, Oshodi/Abule-Egbe BRT corridor, Phases 1 & 2 of Badagry expressway, Lagos-Ogun boundary roads, 6 major junction improvements at Lekki1 & 2, Ajah, Maryland, Ikotun and Allen Avenue. Jide Oki / Ade Adedina/ Olugbani streets in Iru/ Victoria Island, Ijegun-Egbe road and Ishuti road in Igando. St. Finbarrs road/Diya street in Yaba Iwaya road etc. 216 inner roads in the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs were rehabilitated.
“On-going projects include the Lekki Regional Roads, Lekki-Epe expressway, Agric Isawo Road, Ikorodu, Bola Tinubu-Igbogbo-Imota Road, Ijede road, Oba Sekumade road and construction of 100 bus shelters, 78 of which have been completed. The intra-city rail projects -the blue and the red lines- are priorities in the commitment to mass transportation across the state. The government has given firm promises for the completion of the rail projects in terms of the on the site progress report and realistic financial closure to underscore the optimism.
“The completion of the Lagos Rail Mass (LRMT) Blue Line Project ( Mile 2 – Marina) and the Red Line will no doubt bring succor to the multitude of commuters across the state. The implications on the quality of life in terms of saved man hour and economic growth are unquantifiable,” the party said.
It added that in the past two years, the state government had commissioned over 600 buses under the Bus Rapid Transport system, while it recently launched the 500 First and Last Mile Buses. The plan is to have in place 5000 FLM buses to cater for inner transportation and replace Okada.
“The waterways have become a safe and reliable mode of transportation since the inception of this administration. LAGFERRY, the agency in charge of water transportation, has 20 ferries plying various routes in the state.
“The agency has 15 jetties under construction to boost its operations. They are located in Apaa, Badagry, VIP chalet, Badagry, Italy, Ajido, Badagry, Ilado, Amuwo- Odofin, Ilashe, Ojo, Ito Omu, Epe, Offin, Ikorodu, Takwa Bay, Eti-osa, Ijede waterfront, Ikorodu, Marina waterfront, Badagry, Oke-Ira Nla, Eto-Osa, Liverpool, Apapa, Ebute-ero, Lagos Island, Mile 2, Ijegun-Egba, Ojo,” it added.
Itemising Sanwo-Olu’s achievements, the party said the construction of a command and control center for the waterways and the procurement of search and rescue boats were geared towards safety on waterways.
“The Lagos State government has over-hauled its health facilities in response to prevailing and future challenges.
“In two years, the Lagos State government has delivered 14 housing schemes, adding 7,000 affordable housing units to reduce deficit in the sector. The Lagos Mortgage Board has strengthened the “Rent to Own” policy to provide many residents especially first-time home-owners with the desired opportunity.
“There’s no gain- saying the commitment of the state government to grow the agricultural sector to promote food security. In line with this, the 5 years Agric road-map was launched.
“879 farmers and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) benefited from the Lagos Agro-Processing, Prodctivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project. The government created the Eko Farmers’ Market to deliberately provide ready-made off-takers for farmers to dispose of their products on regular basis. The Rice mill at Imota created 250,000 employment opportunities,”, said Lagos APC.