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Sanwo-Olu Inaugurates Three Roads In Victoria Island

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday commissioned three network of reconstructed roads in Victoria Island which are expected to serve over 200,000 people daily.

The three roads are Adeola Hopewell and Afribank/Churchgate Streets are one-way traffic roads while Idowu Taylor is a two-way street.

Sanwo-Olu, speaking at the commissioning ceremony attended by royal fathers of the area, stakeholders among others, said infrastructural renewal in urban centres will be a major focus of the present administration in the state.

The Governor said: “At the inception of our administration in 2019, we promised to address the challenges of gross infrastructural degeneration and the perennial flooding issues that the people of the Lagos Central senatorial district have had to contend with.

“Today’s commissioning is therefore, a promise fulfilled and clearly demonstrates our audacious reforms in critical sectors of our economy, in line with our T.H.E.M.E.S Development Agenda.

“A major focus of our Greater Lagos Vision is the prioritization of urban renewal and the development of road infrastructure as a means of enhancing the collective wellbeing of Lagosians. We have adopted an all-inclusive and people-centered approach that covers rural and urban areas, so that no part of Lagos State is left out.

“Victoria Island used to be one of the cleanest and most orderly neighborhoods in Lagos State. However, the continuous growth of the area’s commercial activity, and by extension, its population, has led to various environmental and infrastructural challenges, among which are flooding and its attendant effects.

“The failure of many of the drainages and water channels on Victoria Island has consistently impeded the free flow of traffic, extending commuting time, causing damage to vehicles, low patronage for businesses, and generally poorer quality of life for the people who work and live here.

“As a responsive Government committed to the fulfillment of all electoral promises, we knew we had to do everything necessary to address and reverse this issue of incessant flooding and all its consequences in the area.

“In February 2020, therefore, our administration awarded the contract for the reconstruction and upgrade of Adeola Hopewell, Idowu Taylor, and Afribank/Churchgate streets. We took cognizance of the need to provide an effective drainage system and improved drainage network, as well as the need to provide good connectivity with other roads in the vicinity.

“Today, those contracts have been successfully completed, and we are here to formally commission a network of reconstructed roads, which serve over 200,000 people daily.

“The completion of these roads validates our promise to improve the quality of life of Lagosians, promote massive socio-economic growth, and reciprocate the support we have enjoyed from this constituency in the last few years.

“I am confident that these newly completed roads will significantly reduce travel time, improve inter-connectivity with other roads within the vicinity and further boost business and investment opportunities in this area. The improved drainage system will also help to end the perennial flooding and erosion problems experienced in this area. The positive effects of this infrastructural upgrade will no doubt be felt well beyond Victoria Island.

“As always, I seek your continued support to ensure that these roads, upgraded with our commonwealth, are judiciously used and maintained. I urge you to refrain from any act that may compromise the integrity of these roads and undermine their durability, and to not hesitate to report to the authorities anyone found committing such acts.”

In her welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye said, “It is also pertinent to mention that a high standard of quality control and quality assurance has been maintained in the course of the construction of these roads and the roads will no doubt serve their purposes throughout the design life.

“The roads provides access to a lot of corporate offices and interconnects seamlessly with other roads in the area; Some of the other benefits derivable from the completion of the rehabilitation and upgrade of these roads are reduction in maintenance cost of vehicles of the motoring public as well as enhanced property value and socio – economic activities within the area.

“This road is another legacy of the present administration in the development of road infrastructure through the judicious and prudent use of tax payers’ money.

“I, therefore, appeal to all and sundry to reciprocate Government’s gesture by safeguarding and ensuring proper usage and protection of the infrastructure to ensure long-lasting service,” she said.

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