The Lagos Government on Sunday indicated plans to reconstruct the popular Ladipo Auto Spare Parts Market Road and other connecting roads to enhance vehicular movement within the areas.
Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Bamgbose Martins, said this when he led government officials on inspection of some road networks in the Papa Ajao and Ladipo Spare Parts Market areas in Mushin and Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Areas of the state.
He also disclosed government’s commitment to commence rehabilitation of the roads to ease vehicular movement in the areas.
Martins said plans were underway to get the contractor, working on the Daleko Road, back on site to complete the remaining portions of the road.
“We need to get the contractor back on site, have them fill it up at least, so that it becomes motorable,” he said.
Martins, who was joined by the General Manager, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Ayotunde Sodeinde; the Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna; and other officials of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, said palliative measures would be applied by the Public Works Corporation on other roads and craters in the Papa Ajao area.
On the state of Ladipo Market Road, he ruled out the option of carrying out palliative work, saying what the road needs was total reconstruction.
“One of the things you would observe here is that the road here is gone, in terms of standard road, it’s gone. It’s not a case for palliative; it’s not a case for patching. This is a case where the road has to be totally reconstructed.
“In other words, we need to redesign it to fit into the habits and the use that is here. It’s a market. There are rocks here, so it is still motorable, even if it rains, it is motorable. So PWC can’t come here and put asphalt because it’s not going to last. If they put asphalt, the next rain, it will wash off,” he said.
He however said the state would include the road in its plan of work for next year as some other roads in the state needed urgent attention.
“It is still passable now, but what we need here is a full construction. When we are going to do anything, we are going to redesign it and then, we have to reconstruct from the beginning. That’s the situation here; but for now, at least, it’s motorable,” Martins added.
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