The Lagos State House of Assembly has vowed to ensure that the state Public Works Corporation (PWC) repairs all the bad roads in the state in due course.
The Chairman of House Ad hoc Committee on Works and Infrastructure in the House, Hon. Setonji David gave this assurance in an interview in Lagos.
David said that the committee had been going round the state to assess the condition of roads in the state and that the committee had directed the PWC to repair all the bad roads in the state.
David, representing Badagry 2 in the House in the assembly said: “We have started; we have visited a number of places. Some roads are still in a very worse state.
“We are prevailing on the PWC to start work on the roads and they have started. We have been urging them to continue with the maintenance.
“We have called the officials of the PWC to meetings to express our displeasure about the state of roads in the state and its General Manager has assured us that things have started to improve.
“As earlier stated by the Rt-Hon. Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, the PWC has to do a good job because we cannot maintain a road and the same would go bad again and develop pot holes within a week.
“We will ensure that the maintenance is strong and solid so that the road can stand the test of time. We will be on their neck to deliver on road maintenance.”
According to him, the state is planning to have road maintenance units in virtually all the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the state.
He said that the committee would also continue to monitor the corporation by going to sites and visiting those locations the corporation had done to ensure that what they did was right.
David added that the committee had visited Ibeju-Lekki Local Government to look at what the PWC did there.
He said that now that the rain had subsided maintenance activities had been geared up by the corporation.
According to him, the state’s three major plants for asphalt production in Ojodu Berger, Badagry and Imota area of Ikorodu have commenced production.
“Our roads are being maintained gradually and soon they will be in order. In the next one month, we are going to have very significant changes in road infrastructure in Lagos State.
“The resuscitation of asphalt plants will expedite actions in road maintenance operations.
“We believe that under one month or two, there will be significant changes in the maintenance activities of our roads in Lagos State,” he said.
The lawmaker, who is an engineer by profession, decried the incessant flood on the road and the way people block drainages with refuse.
“The major enemy of road is water; when the road retains water, it destroys the roads and that is what is causing problem all over the state.
“That is why we are always clamouring for our drainage system to be efficient and be clean. Our people must realise that they must not dump refuse in drainages,” he said.