Lagos State Government has sought the cooperation of the residents of Fadipe Street in Somolu Local Government Area for the smooth commencement of the reconstruction of the road.
Speaking during the stakeholders meeting held on Wednesday in Ikeja, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako stated that the meeting was convened to sensitise stakeholders on the reconstruction of Fadipe Street in Somolu and also deliberate on a sustainable physical and socio-economic development of the area.
Dr. Salako, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Arc. Foluso Dipe said that the existing road would be upgraded to modern infrastructure for improved aesthetic value of the area, connectivity index, rental and capital value as well as increased socio-cultural interaction and evolution.
His words: “This road reconstruction is in line with the determination of the present administration of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu to provide key infrastructure that is vital to development. This target can be achieved more easily with the cooperation and total support of the citizenry”.
He urged the residents to cooperate with the State Government and its agents, particularly the contractor, in actualising the project as it was intended to provide succour to the people.
“I want to reiterate that this project is your project which you all need to rally round and see to fruition. Therefore, it is in the paramount interest of members of the community to jealously guide and monitor the facility for it to serve us for long”, he said.
The Commissioner hinted that compensation will be explored for the affected owners of property within the Right of Way of the project and enjoined members of the community to bear with any inconveniences during the road construction process, saying that with cooperation from residents, the project should be completed on schedule.
Also speaking at the forum, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Engr. Olujimi Hotonu, who was represented by the Director, Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation, Engr. Lateef Somide, said that the16m by 480m road will be upgraded with modern facilities such as Paved Stone Surfacing Materials, Covered Drainage and Culverts, Service Ducts and Streetlights.
In her contribution, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Civic Engagement, Mrs. Rhoda Ayinde called for the cooperation of the people as the road construction was intended to make life and commuting easier for the residents of Fadipe Street.
Responding on behalf of the residents, Mr. Anthony Oladele Idowu expressed support for the project, saying that it would improve the lot of the people while he urged the Government to consider speed breakers as part of the project to reduce speed along the road because it is a bye-pass to other major roads.