Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State says his administration targets completing 450 roads before the end of his second term in 2015.
The Governor spoke at the State House, Ikeja in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria when members of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Ikeja branch, paid him a visit.
He said his administration set a target of constructing 450 roads when it assumed office for a second term in 2011.
He disclosed that last year, contracts for 160 roads were awarded while a total of 70 had been awarded thus far this year which comes to about half of what the government promised.
Fashola stated that as more were completed, newer ones would be embarked upon and explained that the decision on which road came first in terms of getting government attention was often based on roads that were more traffic bearing and strategic to conveying more people to their various destinations.
"It is of no use building a road to my personal house and leaving the one that will carry buses that will convey passengers.
We are looking at things beyond us so that a new team can take over and that would be the basis for decision making when the time comes to say we started this and we are better able to finish it because we understand it better.
We only take on as much as we can and confined to a budget size every year. Some bridges have been completed. The bridge over the Ejigbo canal has been substantially completed and what is left now is the road work.
The piling work on the Isheri- Ijegun- Isolo Bridge has also been completed and involved pilings that are up to the depth of 70 metres with several hundreds of pilings to be installed there.
It is only when we finish that kind of serious work that we can complete the roadwork. The Bridge at Mile 12, Agiliti has been completed too.
The one in Tedi, we had some problems there and we had to change contractor. There is so much going on but would only have meaning when they are finished. Very few people knew we were building the Ikoyi–Lekki Link Bridge until it was completed," he explained.
Also, the governor charged members of the NBA to speak up against the culture of impunity in the country, saying that the responsibility to speak for process and due diligence rested more with members of the bar who must always ensure that things were done only because they were right.
"Sometimes, the process is as important as the result itself. How was it done? Was it done with impunity which could take away a lot from it or was it done according to process? The responsibility to speak up for process and diligence lies more with us. We are supposed to know," he said.
Chairman, NBA, Ikeja Branch, Mr. Monday Ubani appealed to the governor to assist in ensuring completion of the bar’s centre in Ikeja as well as assisting the Federal High Court in Ikeja to make it functional, adding that the governor should ensure alongside his colleagues in the evolving All Progressives Congress, APC, that the party fields only very credible candidates in the next general elections.