In fulfillment of his promise to the people of Ejigbo Local Council Development Area that road development would be given serious attention, the chairman of the council, Kehinde Bamigbetan has flagged off the construction of four major roads in the council area, having secured the 220 million naira bank loan, needed to prosecute the job.
The flag off ceremony of the roads was performed by the council chairman at the weekend, during his interaction with members of community development associations who are residents of the localities where the four roads are located. The roads are Jubril Olabisi in Aigbaka ward, Nurudeen Obe in Fadu ward, Rainbow Avenue in Ailegun ward and Double star road in Oke-Afa ward. The contractors who will handle the construction of the roads were in attendance at the event.
Addressing the residents, Bamigbetan said his administration in its effort to meet the aspiration of the people on road development, decided to go the extra mile of obtaining the bank loan which initially was put at 550 million naira for the construction of ten major roads. He added that the Lagos State Government, after going through the council’s financial profile, gave its approval for the procurement of 220 million naira loan to construct the four roads. He stated further that the decision of the council to obtain the loan is a right step in a right direction, noting that many states in the country are now going for loan or bond to execute capital projects because of their lean resources.
The council chief assured the residents that the four roads would be constructed to meet the standard specified by the state government, which include the provision of walk ways for pedestrians on both sides of the roads and provision of concrete drainages to allow for free flow of water.
Bamigbetan further informed the people that the contractors handling the roads will spend two months to complete the projects, but appealed to residents to cooperate with the contractors to enable them deliver the job as scheduled. He reminded the residents that they are the direct beneficiaries of the roads and as such they should make it a point of duty to monitor the construction and report any lapses they observe to the council. He added that apart from the residents serving as supervisors of the projects, the council’s Pre-Payment Inspection Committee(PPIC) and the bank appointed monitoring team will also visit the sites to monitor the work being carried out by the contractors, as a way of ensuring that the loan is spent judiciously.
The chairman introduced the contractors who will handle three out of the four roads to the people, and disclosed that the fourth road, Nurudeen Obe Street will be constructed by the local government through direct labor.
According to the chairman, Aleyun Ventures Nigeria Limited will handle Jubril Olabisi road, Sagia Nigeria Enterprises will handle Rainbow Avenue while MOS Ogunneko Nigeria Limited will handle Double Star road.
Some of the residents who spoke at the interactive forum, expressed their appreciation to the council chairman for fulfilling the promise he made to them during his campaign tour of the 72 community development associations in the local government that he would focus on road development if voted into power for a second term in office. They however appealed to the contractors to ensure that they construct the roads in such a way that they will stand the test of time, and also complete the project before the rains begin.