THE Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) has reiterated its commitment to mending and rehabilitation of roads this time around. The optimism is hinged on the newly completed asphalt plant in Imota and the already functioning pave stone making plants in Ojodu.
To ensure quality job delivery in road maintenance, the corporation has introduced pave stone where the terrain appears to be asphalt’s unfriendly.
Speaking on the ongoing road rehabilitation along Ketu-Sala-Epe, in Epe Local government area of Lagos State and in Ikorodu Township, where road repairs seemed to be receiving little attention before the opening of the plants, the Executive Chairman/Managing Director of the Corporation, Mr. Gbenga Akintola, said the target of the corporation in 2014 is to ensure that major artery roads in the city are in good condition before the rain starts.
On the seeming lull in road rehabilitation activities in the suburbs, Akintola said the situation would soon change because, according to him, there is availability of major materials needed to do job and also there is easy access to various locations now.
While denying deliberate attempt by the corporation to sideline the suburbs to favour the metropolis, he said that hitherto, conveying materials to the suburbs was somewhat difficult, but that has changed.
However, Akintola said the focus is on inner roads because the goal of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola is that all inner roads be properly fixed.
According to him, the corporation is ever ready now more than ever before to improve on the last year’s performance, especially now that two major materials for road rehabilitation are available.
“Transportation of asphalts and other materials was hitherto a big challenge. But now that we have asphalt plant in Imota that has been completed and another one in Badagry that its installation is almost complete, that have eradicated the difficulty that used to hampered work in places such as Epe, Ikorodu, Ibeju and along that axis. Similarly in Badagry, all the adjoining local governments and communities would be better served immediately the plant start functioning,” he said.