Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has commissioned the 1.2km Glover Road in Ikoyi area of Lagos, saying it was in fulfillment of the promise he made to residents in 2010.
Commissioning the project on Sunday evening, Fashola said after he commissioned the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge in 2010, he promised to upgrade some roads in Ikoyi, stressing that Glover Road was the first of such roads where the government intervened to improve easy connectivity within the area.
He disclosed that other roads being reconstructed by the government in Ikoyi included First Avenue, Ikoyi Club 1938 Road, among others.
Fashola berated the Federal Government for its inability to deliver on its promises, saying that when his administration built the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, the opposition party faulted it on several grounds.
The governor said, “In three years, we have finished a first class architectural masterpiece which put Lagos back on the global architectural reckoning.
For our political opponents, they say it is expensive, they say every negative thing about it, but we used the same contractor, Julius Berger, to build that bridge. The same contractor has not been able to help them deliver the Second Niger Bridge that the president promised since 2011. That’s the difference between us and them.
“We built you a bridge; they are bringing money to you in the twilight of elections. Do you want me to take that bridge down and give you the money instead? So for those who say there is no difference between us, there is a clear difference, we do the work, they share the money”.
Fashola said that he had kept his promise to upgrade roads in Ikoyi, unlike the government at the centre that has been making new promises when it was yet to fulfill previous promises.
The governor said with the upgrading of the road, motorists, bicycle riders would have respite.
Fashola appealed to the people to maintain the road to enable it last longer, saying that if well maintained, the road could last between 30 and 50 years.
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, had explained that the bicycle lane is government’s attempt at tackling climate change while also ensuring that residents could make lifestyle changes that would further enhance their health status.
According to him, the use of bicycle would reduce carbon emission just as bicycle riding would affect positive lifestyle, adding that the road had all the necessary service ducts with adequate provisions made for street lights and alternative power supply built with interlocking paving stones.
“The road can withstand flooding that characterise rainy season around this axis of the state. The completion of this road will also improve the driving experience of the people of the community.
“This is also a link to the Lekki/Ikoyi Link Bridge through the Alfred Rewane road. We are also on Bank road and First Avenue that will create the necessary links and improve connectivity,” Hamzat said.
Source: Daily Independent