Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Tuesday inaugurated and handed over Oshorun/Ibeshe road to the two communities of Ikorodu Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the road, seven-kilometre in length, was delivered with drains, pedestrian walkways, service ducts, speed breakers and street lights – with guaranteed power supply.
Speaking at the inauguration in Ikorodu, Fashola described the delivery of the project as part redemption of his electoral promises to speed up the development of all parts of the state.
He said that when he was brought to the community during the electioneering campaign, it took his convoy 45 minutes to drive through due to its bad state. “But today, it took us less than 10 minutes to drive through the road”, he said.
The governor explained that the road would usher in more schools, petrol stations and other businesses, stressing that the road was nothing but a statement of fidelity.
“Very soon, the contractors will be here to start work on the Ferry terminal. Very soon, we will be here to start work on a new housing estate that will deliver 720 flats”, the governor said.
He thanked the people of Ikorodu for cooperating with his administration on the 13.3-kilometre Ikorodu road, being expanded from four to six lanes, with a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor. Fashola urged motorists to be patient with the government on the ongoing work, and that the present pain they were experiencing would eventually translate into a thing of joy for them.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Obafemi Hamzat, said the project was conceived in line with the state government`s determination to open up roads in the rural areas.
While restating government`s resolve to execute more development projects in the area, he urged residents to protect the project against vandalism.
“We have built this road according to international standards. I urge you to protect it. No one should come here to cut or damage the road. Take ownership and protect it from damages,” he said.
He also said that the state government was constructing no fewer than 10 inner city roads in Ikorodu. (NAN)