By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have accused trucks belonging to Dangote Group of Companies of damaging roads across the state, calling on the company to perform its social responsibility role by supporting the state government in the construction and repairing of roads in the state.
The company was indicted in a motion moved by Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1) during plenary session on Monday.
Tobun stated that Dangote Group of Companies was damaging most of the roads in the state, when he was asked to be specific by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
He added “The most guilty of the trucks are those belonging to Dangote Group of Company. They damage the roads in the state with impunity, so they should be called to order, and the company should assist in repairing the roads in the state,”
Also, the House called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state to direct the State Treasury Office (STO) to ensure that contractors are not paid contractual money without meeting the necessary conditions.
More so, the lawmakers during the debate of the motion, implored state government to ensure that the necessary right of way is given to the contractors before the commencement of construction works.
The lawmakers also called on the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure to ensure quality supervision of the road projects in the state.
Tobun, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Works and Infrastructure stated that there was need to ensure good quality of roads in the state.
He said that inspite of the quantum of the tax payers money being spent on road construction, most of the roads in the state were in bad condition either because they were done in a shoddy manner or not done at all, adding that the money released for the projects were not properly spent.
“The House is further concerned that after most of the roads are repaired, heavy duty vehicles ply the road without regard for the damage done to the roads.
“We should urge Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure that contractors are not paid mobilisation fee unless they are ready for the work.
“The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure should also ensure that only contractors with requisite experience are given the job to do,” he said.
The lawmaker added that the rate at which people were being killed on the roads in the state was alarming, while revealing that some people on the entourage of the Oba of Epe were killed by an articulated vehicle on Epe road on Sunday.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa observed that there were three major items in the motion.
Obasa stated that the motion made it clear that the government agency in-charge of road construction should be alive to their responsibility, the contractors should their jobs, while corporate organisations should also play their Corporate Social Responsibility roles.
In his contribution, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, (Alimosho 1) said that there must be quality and value for money on the roads being constructed in the state.
He gave example of Kudirat Abiola Road in Oregun, Ikeja, which he said was commissioned 14 years ago and, which he said is still in good condition.
In his view, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1) stated that many of the contractors that do not love the state bolt away after collecting mobilization fee.
Olowo stressed that Lagos State is losing a lot of money because of insurance bond, and that at every stage of the project, the APG must be alive, which he said should not only be for mobilisation fee, but other subsequent payment in the life of the project.
Hon. Olayiwola Sobur Olawale (Mushin 2) urged the House to pay attention to the issue of block drains.
“Some of the potholes on our highways are due to the carelessness of our people.
“Incessant dropping of wastes on our roads block the drains. The contractors should be made to sign agreements that they would be brought to book over any road they construct that fails.
“The neighbourhood watch should call our attention to any vehicle that spoils the road so that we can sanction the owners,” he said.
Part of those who spoke are Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2), Hon. David Setonji (Badagry 2) and the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade.