Moving Lagos Better: Sanwo-Olu inaugurates Victoria Island inner roads

“The failure of many of the drainages and water channels on Victoria Island has consistently impeded the free flow of traffic, extending commuting time, causing damage to vehicles, low patronage for businesses, and generally poorer quality of life for the people who work and live here.

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From left, Oniru of Iru Land, Oba Abdulwasiu Lawal; Lagos APC Women Leader, Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas;
Special Adviser to Governor on Works & Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye; Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; his deputy Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Representative, Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni during the Inauguration of Upgraded/Rehabilitated of Adeola Hopewell, Idowu Taylor & Afribank/Churchgate Streets in Victoria Island Lagos on Monday. (NAN Photo)

In line with his vision of offering smooth, fast and seamless movement of citizens and goods in Nigeria’s business capital, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says his administration is running an inclusive infrastructure development by constructing rural and urban roads to meet specific needs across the state.

Sanwo-Olu said this on Monday during the inauguration of the Upgraded/Rehabilitated Network of Three Roads in Victoria Island, namely; Adeola Hopewell, Idowu Taylor and AfriBank/Church Gate Streets.

He said Victoria Island used to be one of the cleanest and most orderly neighborhoods but increased commercial activities and population upsurge led to environmental challenges including flooding and gridlock.

“The failure of many of the drainages and water channels on Victoria Island has consistently impeded the free flow of traffic, extending commuting time, causing damage to vehicles, low patronage for businesses, and generally poorer quality of life for the people who work and live here.

“As a responsive government committed to the fulfillment of all electoral promises, we knew we had to do everything necessary to address and reverse this issue of incessant flooding and all its consequences in the area,” he said.

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He said the reconstruction would boost commerce, interconnectivity and curb gridlock and flooding on the network of roads which serves over 200,000 people daily on the axis which houses several financial institutions.

Sanwo-Olu said the inauguration was to fulfil his campaign promises of inclusive infrastructure delivery, address degeneration and

the perennial flooding on the axis in line with his T.H.E.M.E.S Development Agenda.

“A major focus of our Greater Lagos Vision is the prioritisation of urban renewal and the development of road infrastructure as a means of enhancing the collective wellbeing of Lagosians.

“We have adopted an all-inclusive and people-centred approach that covers rural and urban areas so that no part of Lagos State is left out,” he said.

He listed all divisions of the state where roads projects were currently ongoing, adding that, four roads in the Ikeja GRA axis are presently at advanced stages of completion and would soon be inaugurated.

He said the upgrade of Adeola Hopewell, Idowu Taylor, and Afribank/Churchgate streets project awarded in February 2020 has provided an effective drainage system and network, as well as good road connectivity.

“Of the three roads being commissioned today, Adeola Hopewell and Afribank/Churchgate Streets are one-way traffic roads while Idowu Taylor is a two-way street.

“The three roads form a ring-road like a pattern that effectively discharges traffic into Sanusi Fafunwa

Street and connects back to Adeyemo Alakija Street,” he said.

Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, said prior to the reconstruction, the strategic roads were in a deplorable state with several complaints.

She said the project was part of Phase 1 of the Urban Regeneration Programme of the Governor Sanwo-Olu government for the Victoria Island axis while listing recently completed roads on the axis.

Adeyoye listed the scope of work to include site clearance, provision of drains and culverts, interlocking paving stones on walkway and carriageway, transverse and longitudinal service ducts, among others.

She added that the Sanwo-Olu administration has shown a deep sense of responsibility and commitment towards the delivery of roads across the state.

She joined the governor to thank the residents for their patience and also the contractor, Messrs Hi-Tech Construction Company Ltd for the excellent delivery of the project despite the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mrs Wonu Folami, Chairman, Victoria Island and Ikoyi Residents Association, joined other notable leaders and influential politicians from the area to thank the Sanwo-Olu administration for the succuor the project brought while pledging support of the residents to the government.

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