The ongoing construction of blocks of 12 flats with ancillary/car park being built by Lagos State Government at the Lekki Peninsula Scheme II, under the Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme (HOMS) during Governor Fashola’s inspection tour on Thursday, April 17, 2014. INSET: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (3rd right), Commissioner for Urban Development & Physical Planning, TPL. Toyin Ayinde (2nd right), his Economic Planning & Budget counterpart, Mr. Ben Akabueze (3rd left, behind), member, Lagos State House of Assembly representing Eti-Osa Constituency II, Hon. Yishawu Olusegun (2nd left, behind), Special Adviser on Works & Infrastructure to the Governor, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson (3rd right, behind), General Manager, New Towns Development Authority (NTDA), Mr. Adeyemi Isiba (left) and Contractor, Biegag Nigeria Limited, Engr. Gbenga Edeyekun (right).
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday, 17th April, 2014, handed over the Ado Kekere, Langbasa, Kajola network of roads in Eti- Osa Local Government Area, reiterating the need for all residents of the State to be vigilant, tolerant of one another and live in peaceful co-existence.
The Governor who spoke at Langbasa while noting that these are difficult times, however explained that such periods do not last as every community goes through some challenges at one time or the other, adding that government is doing everything to keep the people, the city and the communities safe.
According to the Governor, he has already held a meeting with all leaders of the unions and motor parks in the state and security would be heightened at the motor parks. While advocating vigilance among the citizenry, he said the catch word should be: “If you see anything unusual, say something about it.
“So what we are going to do is that for everybody who is travelling, you have to be vigilant, if you get to a park, take a look at the person sitting next to you. Look at him or her again. We have to be aware now, we can’t pretend anymore. If you see anyone dropping a bag, call him to come and carry his bag. If you see anything unusual, say something”.
Reaffirming his convictions that the current challenges can be collectively overcome, the Governor declared: “The country is going through some tough times but we are tough people. Tough times don’t last but only tough people do, so we have to be sensible about it, be vigilant and we have to love ourselves”.
Also emphasizing the need for religious tolerance, Fashola implored the people to ignore all those preaching issues of religion because what should be of utmost importance now is the people’s security and prosperity which would enable them have money to send their children to school and to feed.
“Leadership is not about how people worship, did you elect leaders to go and be praying? You elected them to do this kind of work, to give you electricity, to give you roads and to secure you”, the Governor said.
Noting that Nigerians have more in common than to allow religion divide them, the Governor declared: “At the end of the day we have never disagreed over meat, there is no Christian water and no Muslim water; we all drink the same water. Even if the traditionalists give you Naira would you reject it? If you go into the money that is used to build a mosque, you would find Christian money in it and if you make findings about money used in building a Church, you would also find Muslim money there”.
For making sustained infrastructure development in the State possible, the Governor thanked all the citizens who have continued to pay their taxes saying the projects being handed over are made possible by the taxes being paid by the citizen and the borrowing done by the state for strictly development purposes.
“If the Federal Government finds the 20 billion Dollars that is missing and puts it inside the federation account and we get more money, we will do more of these. You know how much 20 billion Dollars is. I can’t even calculate it, but I know that if you have One Billion dollars you should get 1,000 megawatts of electricity so that 20 billion Dollars is actually equivalent or close to 20,000 megawatts of electricity, so we have to be vigilant”, he emphasized.
He recalled that when he was seeking re-election in 2011, part of his promise then was to focus more on inner city roads, informing that the Ajah, Badore, Ado Kekere and Langbasa communities have got 11 kilometres of inner city roads and that government is not done yet.
He explained that the community is being opened up towards bringing development to the area, noting that in addition to roads, the State is also opening up the area by water as work has been virtually completed on the Jetty in Badore to start extensive ferry service to Ikorodu.
Fashola appealed to the people to guard against digging up or cutting the new roads, stating that if the roads are well maintained, it will last for no less than 30 years and also warned that under no circumstance must the walkways be converted to trading posts.
“The pedestrian walk is not for trading. I know that you like to trade and that you contribute a lot to the GDP, but please this pedestrian walk is not for trading. It is the separation for those who do not have cars from those who have cars. This is the only place that your children can walk through on their way to and back to school and they would be safe and not run over by vehicles.
“This is your asset. When I came here about 18 months ago, this place was unmotorable. Last year when I came there was delay in the contract and I appealed to all the market men and women and traders to move back so that we can complete it. I want to thank them for listening to me and for agreeing to move back. What that tells us is that there is not a lot we can do without you, so we continue to progress if we continuously talk to one another and agree”, he stressed.
The Governor who was also treated to a short but impressive display by some selected pupils who are members of the Kids Clean Club expressed happiness that the children already understood the message of the threat of Climate Change and the dangers to the environment as well as the necessity for recycling, reuse and conservation.
He commended the message the children sent during their short display on their intention to provide 50,000 trees to replace that which is about to be pulled down along with their garden adding that if they achieve it, it would help to safeguard Lagos from the threat of climate change and that government would give every support for it to be achieved.
“I lend my support to your appeal that whoever is threatening to take over your garden should please stop and let you keep that garden. I have told the Local Government Chairman to intervene and let us know what we can do but whoever the person is I am appealing on behalf of these kids, please stay action and let us talk”, he added.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat said the network of roads that consist of Langbasa, Ado Kekere and Ajah Badore that was handed over before are some of the strategies of the state government to connect communities and make transportation network easier through road works and complimenting the ongoing road development of Lekki Epe Expressway.
He also informed that as the roads were being constructed, jobs were being created as a total of 319 new jobs were provided with its multiplying effects and also warned the people against turning the roads into car wash.
The Governor later cut the tape to formally hand over the roads at the event which was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council including the state Commissioners for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Ben Akabueze; Commerce and Industry, Mrs Sola Oworu; Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs Florence Oguntuashe; member of the House of Assembly representing Eti Osa, Hon Gbolahan Yishawu and the Olumegbon of Lagos, Chief Fatai Olumegbon and several residents of the area.
Before the commissioning, the Governor and members of the State Executive Council had undertaken an inspection of the State Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme units in Lekki Penninsular II and Sangotedo.
He was conducted round the structures by the General Manager of the New Towns Development Authority, Mr Adeyemi Isiba and Special Adviser on New Towns Development Authority, Mrs Felicia Awofisayo respectively.