Airport Road: Contractor Speeds Up Work, Acquires New Recycler Machine

Airport Road: Contractor Speeds Up Work, Acquires New Recycler Machine

…As Ambode Inspects Oshodi-Abule-Egba BRT Corridor, Ojokoro Road Network

… Appeals For Residents’ Patience, Support For Ongoing Projects Across State

 

The contractor handling the construction of 10-lane Oshodi-Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, Messrs Hi-tech Construction Company has acquired a new Wirtgen WR 250 Recycler machine to speed up work on the construction work, with an assurance to deliver the project by December 2018.

The Lagos State Government had embarked on the reconstruction of the Airport Road to transform it from the state of decay to international standard being a major gateway to the State and Nigeria.

The scope of the project includes two flyovers, one U-turn Bridge, five pedestrian bridges, and multiple laybys, among others.

Speaking while unveiling the new machine during an extensive inspection tour of ongoing projects across the State by the Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Hi-tech’s Managing Director, Mr Ivan Becker said the new equipment which has the capacity to construct 400metres daily would go a long way to facilitate the delivery of the Airport Road on schedule.

He said the Wirtgen WR 250 Recycler was capable of 12,000 square metres performance maximum daily, adding that the “machine can mix two per cent bitumen, one per cent cement, 50 per cent stone base and 50 per cent reclaimed existing asphalt with water which makes road construction with the machine faster and better with a higher quality.”

Managing Director, Planet Project Limited, Mr. Biodun Otunola; Special Adviser to the Governor, Finance and Audit Control, Mr. Adeniyi Popoola; Director, LAMATA, Mr. Abiodun Dabiri; representative of Lagos State Governor and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya; Senior Project Manager, Laralek Ultimate Construction Company, Gianluca Rodinis and Project Manager, Laralek Ultimate Construction Company, Mr. Saba Jubril during inspection of the ongoing construction of the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor, at the weekend.
Managing Director, Planet Project Limited, Mr. Biodun Otunola; Special Adviser to the Governor, Finance and Audit Control, Mr. Adeniyi Popoola; Director, LAMATA, Mr. Abiodun Dabiri; representative of Lagos State Governor and Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure, Engr. Adebowale Akinsanya; Senior Project Manager, Laralek Ultimate Construction Company, Gianluca Rodinis and Project Manager, Laralek Ultimate Construction Company, Mr. Saba Jubril during inspection of the ongoing construction of the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor, at the weekend.

Responding, the Governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Adebowale Akinsanya, said it was gratifying to note that the project was progressing well with all the components now at advanced stages, just as he expressed optimism that the new equipment would facilitate prompt delivery of the project.

The Governor, who also inspected the progress of work on Oshodi-Abule Egba Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor and construction of network of roads in Ojokoro, specifically appealing to residents to bear with the State Government over inconveniences they might be experiencing as a result of the multiple infrastructural projects going on across the State, saying that all hands were on deck to deliver the projects on schedule.

He said aside the fact that various measures had been put in place to mitigate impact of the construction on residents, more impactful projects would be delivered to make life comfortable for residents and visitors.

“One of the key things for his Excellency the Governor is Southwest integration and some of the roads we are doing right now in Ojokoro link Ogun State. The roads were specifically embarked upon to complement the network of roads and bridges that we already constructed in Alimosho.

The ongoing construction of the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor being built by the Lagos State Government, during the inspection at the weekend
The ongoing construction of the Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor being built by the Lagos State Government, during the inspection at the weekend

“As we are constructing roads in Ojokoro, we are also doing the same in other parts of the State but the key thing is that the State Government cannot do it alone; we are partners with the citizens. So, I appeal for the patience and understanding of everybody. To residents, please bear with us, work with us and things will get done quickly.

He said the network of roads in Ojokoro were being done based on the function of the areas and not one-size fits all, saying that in some waterlogged areas, government would be using paving stones, while asphalt would be used in other areas.

The more than 20 kilometers network of roads include Aremu Street, Alhaji Luqman, Amusa Agbaje Street, Abu Balogun Street, Philip Majekodunmi Street, Unity Road, Osho/Udeh Brown Road, Oshota/Aina Streets, Home Science Road, among others.

While inspecting the 13.5 kilometers Oshodi-Abule Egba BRT corridor along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway designed with 14 bus stations and 14 pedestrian bridges, the Governor said though the construction was being delayed due to dense population in the axis but that the project would equally be delivered by December 2018.

“This is a highly populated area but the contractor has been mandated with the Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to do everything possible to make life bearable and easy for all road users. The work during the day is being limited right now and a lot more would be done at night.

“The traffic is better than before and there is a lot of rehabilitation of existing road going on and it will continue. This is an ongoing exercise but we need the cooperation and support of the people to make it workable. It is just a matter of time, this will be done and there will be a big relieve coming to this axis,” he said.

He said as part of the phase two of the project, more pedestrian bridges would be constructed especially between Abule Egba and Sango Otta, the boundary of Lagos with Ogun State.

“The phase one is from Oshodi to Abule Egba. Phase two from Abule Egba to Old Toll Gate in Sango Otta will follow after that and the key thing is the care of pedestrians which we are taking very seriously. So, you will see a lot of pedestrian bridges. Between Abule Egba and Otta, there will be more pedestrian bridges coming which will be part of phase two of this project,” he said.

Governor Ambode Hosts 11-Year-Old Hyperrealist Artist, Promises Him Educational Support

Governor Ambode Hosts 11-Year-Old Hyperrealist Artist, Promises Him Educational Support

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode hosted an 11-year-old hyperrealist artist, Kareem Waris Olamilekan, who drew a stunning portrait of French President, Emmanuel Macron in just two hours on the spot during the President’s visit to the new Afrika Shrine in Lagos.

Governor Ambode, who hosted the artist alongside his parents, teachers and instructor, promised to give him educational support, as well as help to nurture his talent to become a great artist later in life.

The Governor also pledged to support Waris’ instructor, Adeniyi Adewole Wasiu, who is said to have an Arts Academy, Ayowole Academy of Arts, where he trains young artists.

Briefing journalists after the Governor hosted the artist at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde said the development was basically to appreciate and encourage the young hyperrealist and as well to assure him of the readiness of the State Government to give him the needed support.

According to Ayorinde, “You would recall that Waris was one of the star attractions during President Macron’s visit to Afrika Shrine. Before painting the President and presenting the portrait to him, Waris had become a household name thanks to the special story done by a media house.

“So, the Governor has invited him and his parents to come and meet him and because the Governor is interested in his education and if you like the welfare of his parents, His Excellency has promised to assist just like he did to the Footprint of David boys who had a special performance at the State House during the Children’s Day.

“So, the Governor is interested in his school. We are happy that Waris is a product of a public school and you could see that the Principal of his school is here and she is happy. The Governor has also acknowledged the contribution of Waris’ mentor, Adewole who is here and because he also has a Arts Academy that inspired and produced Waris, His Excellency the Governor thinks that that Arts Academy should flourish and he is going to also support him, his career and what he is doing,” Ayorinde said.

The Commissioner added that since the works of the young artist became public knowledge, the State Government had taken special interest in his case, saying that the objective of government was to ensure good education and training for Waris to become a great artist later in life.

“The Ministry of education has been involved from day one since the story was reported but our Ministry (Tourism, Arts and Culture) would also be monitoring Waris. He is already in JSS1; he is talented as an artist but then that is not the only subject that he would be taking.

“We want him to be a successful well-rounded student first and foremost and of course as an artist. It is a long haul thing but first good education and let him continue as a good artist,” the Commissioner said.

Responding, Waris said he was extremely thrilled to meet with President Macron and Governor Ambode, saying the development was a life-changing moment for him.

“I am very happy and excited. I thank Governor Ambode for this opportunity. Now, I want to study my arts very well; I want to be a good artist, great artist in the world,” Waris said.

Also speaking, Waris’ parents, Mr and Mrs Mutiu Kareem said the feat attained by their son was a significant turning point in their lives, and thanked the State Government for the huge support they have so far received.

“I thank God for this. What has happened in my life through my son is something I never thought would happen to me but this is a miracle. I am so happy. I want to thank Governor Ambode for all he has done for us and also my son’s instructor who trained him, as well as his teachers and mother,” Kareem said.

 

LASG Tasks  New Permanent Secretaries To Add Value To Governance

LASG Tasks New Permanent Secretaries To Add Value To Governance

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday swore-in six new Permanent Secretaries into the State Public Service, with a charge on them to contribute to the ongoing efforts by his administration to build a modern smart-city for the benefits of residents and visitors.

Speaking at the brief but impressive swearing-in ceremony held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the vision to transform the State could only be actualized when abilities were matched with responsibilities, and as such it was incumbent on the new appointees to add value to governance and contribute to the realization of the State’s short, medium and long term plans.

“We believe strongly that our State Public Service deserves nothing but the best. Our vision to build a Modern Smart City-State can only be driven and actualized by matching ability with responsibility. This is a key philosophy which has guided all our actions since we assumed office.

“I have no doubt in your capability to add value to governance and contribute to the realization of this administration’s short, medium and long term plans,” the Governor said.

While congratulating the appointees, Governor Ambode said the decision to elevate them was not only informed by the need to fill the vacancies created by some Permanent Secretaries who recently bowed out of service having attained the retirement age, but more importantly on account of the fact that they possess qualities which stand them out among others.

The Governor particularly urged the appointees to align their actions with the overall policy objectives of his administration which include selfless service, inclusive governance, fair and just distribution of resources among the people as well as deployment of best global practices in service delivery.

“I look forward to seeing your positive impact in the State Public Service especially in the area of improved efficiency and effectiveness with which government business is handled, keeping in mind that we can only be adjudged to have done the right thing when our people are happy and satisfied,” the Governor admonished the appointees.

The new Permanent Secretaries and their portfolios are Mrs Bamidele Fadipe, Office of Civic Engagement; Mr Bashir Braimah, Public Service Office; Mrs Raji Ganiyat, Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment; Mrs Omotola Akinsanya, Local Government Establishment, Training and Pension; Mrs Olufunmilayo Okeowo, Tutor General/Permanent Secretary Education District Four; and Mrs Adeleye Olatokunbo, Teachers Establishment and Pensions Office.

In his vote of assurance on behalf of the new appointees, Braimah thanked Governor Ambode for finding them worthy to serve the State in the highest capacity in the public service, just as he assured that they would hit the ground running to contribute to the development of the State.

“As your foot soldiers, we have hit the ground running with competence, commitment and concern for a better Lagos. For the confidence reposed in us, we are eternally grateful and we shall add our plough to the various deliverables to which Lagosians are accustomed,” Braimah said.

Address Delivered By Governor Ambode At The Swearing-In Ceremony Of New Permanent Secretaries

Address Delivered By Governor Ambode At The Swearing-In Ceremony Of New Permanent Secretaries

We have just witnessed the swearing in 6 (six) newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in the Lagos State Public Service.

I congratulate you all for being considered worthy of this appointment. The decision to single you out for this recognition and elevation was therefore not only informed by the vacancies created, but more importantly, the fact that you possess qualities which stand you out among your peers.

We believe strongly that our State Public Service deserves nothing but the best. Our vision to build a Modern Smart City-State can only be driven and actualized by matching ability with responsibility. This is a key philosophy which has guided all our actions since we assumed office.

I have no doubt in your capability to add value to governance and contribute to the realization of this administration’s short, medium and long term plans.

You are well acquainted with the driving overall policy objectives of this administration which include selfless service, inclusive governance, fair and just distribution of resources among our people as well as deployment of best global practices in service delivery.

I urge you to ensure that all your actions, as much as possible, are in conformity with these policy objectives.

I look forward to seeing your positive impact in the State Public Service especially in the area of improved efficiency and effectiveness with which government business is handled, keeping in mind that we can only be adjudged to have done the right thing when our people are happy and satisfied.

Once again, I congratulate you all and wish you resounding success in your new positions.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko Lo Je Wa l’ogun!

 

Address Delivered During The Presentation Of Grants To Community Development Associations Across The State

Address Delivered During The Presentation Of Grants To Community Development Associations Across The State

I am delighted to see you once again after the celebration of the last Community Development Day on 7th December, 2017. On that occasion, l reiterated our administration’s commitment to collaborate and support CDAs in the initiation and implementation of community based development projects.

Apart from being in line with our policy of inclusive governance, this approach will guarantee ownership and protection of such projects by the communities. I also recall my commendation to Community Development Associations for implementing self-help projects to complement Government developmental projects in their Communities.

I am aware that these projects have contributed immensely to making our communities more liveable for residents. I must commend you all for the various projects that have been initiated and funded from voluntary levies and donations by community members. On behalf of the State government, I say thank you to all of you for appreciating the fact that voluntary community efforts is required to facilitate growth and development.

Based on the report gathered from the routine inspection of Community projects, the need for government intervention to ensure the completion of some of these ongoing self-help projects which are on the verge of being abandoned due to paucity of funds, has become very compelling. We strongly believe that these projects were well conceived and would impact positively on the living standards of residents of their respective communities.

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Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, today’s occasion is historic; we are presenting financial support of 500,000,000 Naira Grant to 274 Community Development Associations to enable them complete their various self-help projects which had been executed to an appreciable level. Let me emphasise that this will be a continuous exercise. Other deserving Community Development Associations will also be considered in the next phase of this presentation.

I am happy to note that this volume of grant is historic.  Beyond the 275 projects being supported, all the divisions of the State have been covered.

Projects ranging from community halls, street light, transformers, police post, drainage, health centres have been included in our grants released today.

The message remains the same.  We are committed to good governance and inclusive leadership.  We know your efforts remain selfless to all your communities.  We are partners in governance and we will always support you.

I congratulate the leadership and members of the CDAs that are benefitting from this support initiative. It is my expectation that all the self-help projects covered by this grant will be completed as soon as possible for the usage and benefit of residents.

Let me use this opportunity to appeal to all our people to take responsibility for the protection of the various amenities provided to make our communities more liveable. These amenities belong to you because their provision was made possible by your taxes. Let us therefore protect them against vandalisation and all acts that will result in the reduction of the facilities life span.

I thank you all for your kind attention.