Lagos to deliver N1.7bn road contract soon
State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Kadir Hamzat
has said that the construction of the Addo Kekere/Langbasa/Kajola
roads in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state will soon
be completed. The project is estimated to cost about
He disclosed this during the ministry’s project tour in Lagos over the weekend.
According to the commissioner, the network of roads when completed is expected to among other things serve as major access to the growing communities, complement the dualization of Ajah-Badore road as well as improve the socio-economic activities within the area.
The Commissioner who expressed satisfaction on the level of work already done on the site considering the fact that contractors were mobilized in January this year and the project is already at over 85percent completion.
He said: “It was one of the first payments that were made and you can see they have moved a lot”, the drains are done, so what has happened is that the construction method has changed. Before you could see the contractor doing these drains on the road but now they do it in their yard and just come and install.”
“Within the next two-three weeks they will finish the drains and then they can start on the rail road itself”, Hamzat said, adding, “this is done is not just for people to pass but to also move water. The drains are very essential I am happy with the quality of the road.”
Meanwhile, the state government has this year alone awarded about 180 road projects spread across Lagos metropolis and its environs, including Epe and Ibeju Lekki, he informed.
These contracts, he stressed, were awarded across the 67 local government areas and the local council development areas to discourage rural/urban drift. “We have awarded these across the local government areas and the LCDAs. We are moving across the state in all areas. So, we will deeply touch all areas. We did infrastructure analysis and we realized what we needed to do. We cannot finish all the projects in one day”, we are taking them one after the other.
“The contracts were not awarded at the same time. Some are under 24months while others are under 18months. But efforts are being put in place to ensure that each project was completed and delivered according to the terms of agreement”, he stressed
Expatiating, he said: “There are some bridges which will structurally take about 9months before you start the road, so the awards are not to be completed this year. As far as we are concerned it is to manage the project and deliver on time. So, all of them are following the basic standard and that’s why we are doing what we are doing.”
culled from www.thenationonlineng.net