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Lagos releases N5.5bn to contractors for 181 inner roads

The Lagos State government yesterday announced it has released the sum of N5.563 billion to contractors to flag off the construction of 181 roads spread…

The Lagos State government yesterday announced it has released the sum of N5.563 billion to contractors to flag off the construction of 181 roads spread across the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas (LCDAs) in the state.

In a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engineer Ade Akinsanya, the government said the construction of the roads was in fulfilment of the promise by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to open up more inner roads across the state following the successful delivery of 114 roads in September 2016.  

According to Akinsanya, the roads would be constructed in phases, with phase one being the construction of one road each in the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas, for which he said contractors had been mobilised to move to site.

Engr Akinsanya disclosed that the sum released was 30 per cent payment for the construction of the 57 roads, while the total cost of the roads was N18,545,657,940.

He said due process was observed in awarding the contracts, adding that bids were opened on November 1, 2017 after which they were evaluated and considered.

He added that 57 contractors were involved in the first phase of the construction, with a mandate to deliver in six months.  

“Governor  Ambode is totally committed to ensuring that residents of Lagos continue to enjoy good governance. There are many projects going on simultaneously across the state, and the roads to be constructed will further open up the LGs and LCDAs for economic prosperity,” Akinsanya said.

The commissioner urged residents to continue to pay their taxes promptly to enable the government meet up with its target to complete all ongoing projects in the state this year.

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