Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has disclosed that plans have been concluded to create a helpline to assist residents report failed portion of roads in the state.
Sanwo-Olu added that the idea was to make key stakeholders in the administration and provide avenue to hold Lagos State Public Works Corporation, LSPWC accountable when the roads were not fix.
This came barely a week after issuing an executive order, declaring zero tolerance on potholes across the state.
The governor disclosed the plan on Wednesday at the Eid-el-Fitri get-together party held at the State House, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, which was also attended by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, former deputy governor, Abiodun Ogunleye, and others.
He noted that the idea behind his administration’s strategy was to ensure that while the residents are asleep, the LSPWC will be fixing the roads across the state.
And to aid prompt repair of failed portion of road, Sanwo-Olu said: “we will be establishing a helpline to basically make residents report failed portion of roads within their community to the state government.
“The roads that will be accommodated under this platform are roads that need little repairs to make them motorable and not those that require total reconstruction,” he added.
The governor stressed that his administration considered road maintenance very important because they affects travel time in the state.
“I must tell you that road repairs is an issue that our government is keen to address immediately. We will need the information from you so that we can set target for ourselves on what we aimed to achieve within specific time. And this will further give us the opportunity to hold the agency accountable if they fail to do it.”
Earlier, the governor’s wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu Wednesday commended all religious leaders for their efforts and contributions towards enduring peace in the state, urging them to sustain it.
She urged that the lessons learnt from the Ramadan season are the virtues of sacrifice, self-denial, piety, love and generousity among others.
She said “through the Ramadan we are taught to seek spiritual advancement and closeness to God, by stepping away from our comfort zone where we indulge in various acts that please us as human beings but which are not acceptable to God”.
According to her, Ramadan teaches selflessness and love, requiring thinking less about one’s self and more about the welfare of less privileged person’s.
“We are expected to give, help, put smiles on the faces of people and to be source of blessing to many; in all it teaches us to emulate the sterling qualities of the holy prophet Mohammed (S.A.W).
She said a long fasting like Ramadan is not easy, that it takes special grace and personal discipline to go through the religious obligation, adding that “no doubt we have tried so hard to stay away from many things in the last 30 days.
“What is far more important, however is to keep our new form by not returning to those old things and old ways”, adding that this is the greatest lesson of Ramadan and if they achieve this then they have achieved the lesson of the season.
She urged Muslims to remember the essence of the month and the expected renewal of faith and spiritual cleansing of souls of all Muslims, urging them to remain prayerful and righteous .
And to also remember the principles of the month which are love, peace, kindness, compassion and happy coexistence which the holy prophet held in high esteem and lived his whole life around.
“It is also important to allow these virtues reflect in our actions, public conduct and interpersonal relations with everyone around us long after the Ramadan.
“This way we will improve on the cordial relations that exist among the various ethnic groups and adherents of different religions in our state”, the governor’s wife said.