LAGOSIANS ASSURED OF MOTORABLE ROADS, DESPITE HEAVY RAINS
Written by Margaret Eke on September 9, 2021
Lagosians have been assured of motorable road network in spite of persistent heavy rains being witnessed across the state in the past couple of weeks.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Mr. Olufemi Daramola gave the assurance while speaking on the implications of the torrential rainfall in many parts of the state.
Mr Daramola who is an Engineer noted that though wet seasons pose challenge to road maintenance operations, particularly the use of hot mix asphalt, but the Public Works Corporation had been deploying creative and multifaceted approaches to keeping Lagos roads in motorable condition thereby, enhancing human and vehicular movement.
Mr. Daramola said despite the downpour which is normal this season of the year, the Corporation shall continue with aggressive palliative work to provide temporary relief to motorists pending when weather condition would allow for permanent maintenance operations.
In addition, he said cold mix asphalt which is a wet season-friendly mixture would be utilized in the fixing of pot holes before they degenerate into craters adding that, this along with the usage of interlocking paving stones would contribute to the non-stop approach of the Agency in fixing the roads.
Speaking on the commitment of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensuring that Lagos roads remain in good condition all year round, Daramola said “The administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at inception identified the massive infrastructure deficit in the state and actively invested in the Corporation’s human capital, equipment and material requirements for a sustainable road maintenance programme”.
According to the Public Works Corporation GM, all these had made it possible for the agency to intervene and fox over 800 roads, some of which are in Alimosho, Amuwo odofin, Surulere, Eti-Osa, Ìdájọ Ijauliye, Ikeja, Kosofe, Mushin, Oshodi -Isolo, and Agege.
Mr Daramola called on Lagosians to report cases of potholes and other road defects in their vicinity through the Agency’s dedicated phone numbers and social media handles while also charging them to own road infrastructures in the state and desist from habits that cause avoidable damage to the road, such as dumping of refuse in drains, discharge of car wash waste water on the road, burning of items on the road and removal of manhole covers among others.