The Lagos State Government has released the sum of N10.8billion to date to ensure completion of the ongoing construction of 114 roads across the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State by the end of June, 2016.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Muslim Olohuntele Folami on Wednesday, the Government said that the construction of the roads was made possible through tax payers’ money.
The Commissioner said that the second stage payment of N5.5billon released on Monday represents 61 per cent of the total cost of the 114 roads at N17.85bn.
“The Government again reiterates that as long as Lagosians continue to fulfill their civic responsibility and obligation, the Government will continue to spend its resources wisely and the Lagosians will continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy.
“We are using this medium to urge Lagosians to continue to pay their taxes, so as to be able to enjoy the dividends of democracy, the monies they are paying is what the government is using to construct these roads across the length and breadth of the State,” the Commissioner said.
Folami said that aside completed and ongoing road projects across the metropolis, the State Government has also embarked on the Light Up Lagos Project which is fast spreading across major highways and streets as well as construction of bridges, flyovers as well as equipping the Police and other security agencies.
“This Government wants the people to know that the money they are paying is being well spent and so far as they continue to fulfill their part, the Government will not relent in making the State safer and more habitable for the people.
“Tax payers’ money is being well spent and people can see and feel it, we promised a government of inclusion and we would continue to demonstrate it through the various people oriented projects of this administration. Lagosians should be rest assured that that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has the passion to make life more comfortable for them,” Folami said.
It would be recalled that Governor Ambode, in fulfillment of his campaign promises, empowered the Local Governments and the Local Council Development Areas to embark on construction of two inner roads in their various councils to boost economic activities and improve vehicular movement.
The roads are designed to accommodate walkways, road medians, street lights and standard drainage systems.