The Lagos State Government has given assent to 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.
At least two strategic roads would be reconstructed in each local government, The State Government said 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.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said “ The approval of the 114 inner-city road reconstruction was also aimed 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 live 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.