Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday said that the 114 roads constructed across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas in the State was already impacting on the state economy.
Speaking through his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule at the commissioning of Ketu Adaloko and Babalola Ilogbo-Oke Agbo road in Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area (LCDA), the governor said the State’s “Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) has started increasing.”
He said the decision to embark on the 114 road construction across the state put at a cost of N19.4 billion was the multiplier effect it would have on the development of the state’s economy, especially from the grassroots.
He said the process for the road selection was done in line with international best practices, adding “we asked every council chairman to present roads within their councils that required the state government intervention. The list we received was in hundreds.”
Ambode also disclosed plans to link inner roads in the State to the Lagos Smart City Project, expressing readiness to commence deployment of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras in October across the State.
Speaking at Coker-Aguda LCDA, the governor said the government will complement the project with strategic security management driven by technology.
Represented by the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi at the commissioning of 500meters Bolaji Banwo Street in Coker Aguda LCDA, he said security remained one of the cardinal objectives of his administration, and that technology will play a key role in securing residents.
Also in Coker Aguda LCDA, Ambode commissioned 580meters Opere Street through a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Surulere Constituency 1, Desmond Elliot.
Speaking to journalists, the Governor said: “One of the cardinal areas in which we focus on is security in the State and we have realised that the man policing we have in Lagos is not sufficient if you look at the ratio of the policemen that we have to the citizens of the State.
“We have come up with an initiative which is an ongoing project and it is called the Smart City Project. In the area of security, we are going to be deploying CCTV Cameras to ensure that when you are sleeping, you have a guaranty that you are being watched.
“The present administration is interested in making sure that this city is safe and technology is one of the areas we are looking at by deploying CCTV Cameras which will be linked to our Command and Control Centre in Alausa. We are going to have an eye over Lagos and this is because of the importance this government is paying to security of lives and property,” he said.
The governor also commissioned at least 14 other roads across seven LGs and LCDAs including Lekki LCDA, Lagos Mainland, Agboyi-Ketu LCDA, Badagry LG, Ojo LG, Agbado Okeodo LCDA and Ifako Ijaiye LG.
The commissioning of the 114 roads which was flagged off last weekend is expected to end today with the commissioning of another set of 12 roads.