WorldStage Newsonline-- The reconstruction of Oshodi-Ikeja International Airport Road will begin in September, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has confirmed .
Speaking at the 3rd Quarterly Town Hall Meeting at Badore area of the state, the governor explained that the road would be reconstructed into 19 so as to meet the mega city status of the state.
On the delay in the planned construction of 181 roads across LGs/LCDAs of the state, he said it was due to fluctuation in exchange rate, but that government would ensure that the work commenced in September.
He said by the time the projects were advertised in January 2017, the exchange rate was N490 to a dollar and with the exchange rate now around N350 to a dollar, he said the contract would be re-advertised in the next two or three weeks’ time, as government wanted to build the roads at a lower cost.
"By the next two to three weeks, I will reopen the advert to get a new cost and all things been equal the job would start on the roads by end of September," he said.
Ambode also assured residents that the State Public Works would seize the period of the break in the rainy season to fix all potholes across the State in order to improve drive time for motorists.
On the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) billed to commence next month, Governor Ambode urged the people to be patient with his administration as the plan which is an holistic and comprehensive waste management policy was currently in its gestation period.
He said once fully operational, waste would be collected in line with international best practices, while all parts of the State would be kept clean always.
The governor, however, urged residents to adopt new attitude to disposing waste and desist from dumping in drainages and canals, assuring that the Government would provide adequate bins to discourage indiscriminate dumping.
Ambode said all the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Chairmen had been mandated to ensure 24/7 cleaning of the environment, while officials of the State Government would be moving round to evacuate waste.
The governor said new modern bus terminals would be constructed from this quarter in Marina, Ajah, Ojota, Agege, Iju Ishaga and Iyana Ipaja, while as part of the integrated transport system, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) would be constructed to connect Badore Jetty to Ajah.
He added that the Badore Road would be expanded at its entrance from Ajah Roundabout, while plans were afoot to construct Oke-Ira Nla Road as an alternative to totally eliminate traffic along the axis.
The town hall meeting had in attendance the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu I, members of the State Executive Council, members of the House of Assembly, top government functionaries, party chieftains, traditional rulers, among others.