The Lagos State Government has approved the reconstruction of 114 inner-city roads in 20 local government areas (LGAs) and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs) at the cost of N19 billion.
The state government added that at least two strategic roads would be reconstructed in each local government, saying the decision to embark on the road reconstruction was in line with the ongoing local government reforms.
The state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, disclosed this at a meeting with the Executive Secretaries of LGAs and LCDAs he addressed alongside the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olatunji Bello at the Lagos House, Alausa.
At the meeting, the governor disclosed that the execution of the project would be left in the care of the local governments and tasked the executive secretaries to ensure that only the best contractors “are engaged to ensure that the prescribed standards are met on all the roads.”
Ambode cited another rationale behind the approval of the 114 inner-city road reconstruction, which he said, was conceived “to create jobs in our communities and get our people employed on these projects.”
He explained that the ongoing local government reforms “are geared towards making them more effective and deliver better service to their communities. The new structure which has become operational will go a long way to reduce cost of governance.
“With this new structure, a lot is expected from the executive secretaries. You are the face of the government in your communities. Your people must know you and you must know the people. You must have a good knowledge of their challenges and be able to jointly proffer solutions.”
The governor noted that there was no reason any executive secretaries should leave outside their local governments, urging them “to live with your people. There is no reason why an Executive Secretary of a Local Government should live outside his community.”
He added that the performance of the administration will be judged by their performance, urging them to improve on sanitation, primary healthcare delivery, primary education, local government roads and community security in their councils.
He also charged them “to utilise various channels of communication to improve the level of participation between the Community Development Committees (CDCs), Community Development Associations (CDAs), Local Councils, Local Governments and the state government.”
“This chain of communication must be fluid and information should flow either way. You have created websites; we have erected boundary demarcation sign posts and created phone lines for easier access to the local Governments and councils. We expect all these to ensure better communication with your communities and for the people to know which Local Governments they reside in,” he said.