Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State says his government will build 100 inner city roads this year. He also gave reason for the introduction of cable car in the Lagos metropolis.
Fashola spoke at the annual Interdenominational Service of the Lagos State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, held at the Apostolic Church International Convention Grounds in Ketu, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria at the weekend. According to the governor, his administration awarded 198 contracts inner city roads across the local governments last year and that this year, government was planning another 100 roads across the state for construction. He reiterated that the roads had been chosen in such a way that all areas, including Epe, Badagry, Shomolu, Kosofe and even far flung places like Agiliti, Ijedodo, Shibiri, and Eleran Igbe were not left out.
The governor reported that just as he acquainted the people about developments and challenges on the Mile 12 road project last year, construction had started to expand the road which links Ikorodu town with the expectation that the residents and commuters on the axis would have some relief when it is completed. Fashola added that the same scenario played out in the Lekki Epe axis when construction work started but that the pain was getting lighter as progress was being made. On the Blue line of the Lagos Light Rail Mass transit project, the governor said, "We are now at a point where we have started laying the rail tracks from the section from Eric Moore going to Mile 2. There is still work to be done including crossing the Lagoon and bringing the train and the system ultimately to Marina but I am happy that things have not remained as they were last year and we have moved them forward."
On the planned introduction of cable car, Fashola explained that it was meant to help in mitigating traffic gridlock in Lagos and allow the people to choose the means of transportation they wanted. "Very soon, we would be beneficiaries of an urban cable system that would help reduce traffic from Apapa to Central Lagos which is often the most congested part of the state. We are providing choices to our people," he stated. On complaints about BRT buses, the governor said there were challenges with the management and maintenance of the buses because they are not manufactured in Nigeria and has always created the need to train people on how to manage and maintain the buses. Fashola also spoke on the State Traffic law, saying it had made provisions to take care of some transgressions which people engaged in while driving, adding that the average engineer who designed a car and put some safety measures like seat belt in it knew its importance and wondered why people would rather not use it until they were compelled to do so.
He added that some people would rather drive a vehicle without affixing a registration number, saying that the question that should agitate the mind of an average person was "What if such a vehicle was used to kidnap an innocent person, how would the security agencies be able to track the criminals? It was also observed that most commercial drivers often drive under the influence of one form of drug or the other and have largely been responsible for major road accidents. Regrettably, the debate on the implementation of the State Traffic law has been reduced to a debate on okada operations in the state. The State Traffic law is all encompassing and is about safety and well being of the people in the society. I know the number of artificial legs that the administration has bought for people who have been maimed by activities of the commercial motorcyclists while not talking about the several who have died and have also been robbed."