Lagos State Governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola says his administration is not going back on its earlier promise to complete a large number of outstanding projects in the state by the end of 2013.
The governor said this on Sunday during the inspection of Eric Moore Government College project in Iganmu and the 1008 Housing Estate project in Ijora-Badiya.
Fashola said, “The ethos of this year’s budget is to conclude as many projects as possible during the budget year. We cannot finish all the projects that we started, but we will conclude as many of them as we can.”
The governor said the 1,008 Housing Estate was a sign of development, especially in Ijora. He added that Commissioner for Works, and his Housing and Agriculture counterparts had explained to the community that they had been living on “what is essential an illegal refuse dump. This quality of life is not acceptable in this state,” and something must be done.
He said, “We are planning to build 1008 housing units here of about 21 blocks. We have decided to start with six blocks and the reason is that we want to do it gradually so that the pain and the discomfort will be minimized.”
Fashola, who expressed displeasure with the delay of Eric Moore Government College project, said the contractor had been “less than efficient” and had not been carrying out the project according to time schedule.
He said, “The reality, actually, is that about two months ago I realized that the contractor has been less than efficient. We are in the process of getting a new contractor. I hope that we can conclude that quickly before the end of the long vacation.”