By Maxwell Adeleye
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday urged royal fathers, traditional chiefs, Community Development Associations (CDAs), market men and women and other stakeholders in all the communities across the State to cultivate the habit of timely reportage of suspicious movement around them to security agencies to nip in the bud any potential security threats in their neigbourhood.
The Governor, who spoke through his representatives in twenty different locations during the ongoing commissioning of 114 roads newly constructed in all the 20 Local Government Areas (LGA) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the State, said there was great need for community leaders to assist security agencies to address the menace of cultism, kidnapping, miscreants, vandalism and hoodlums by providing timely information.
Speaking through the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lola Akande at the commissioning of some of the newly built roads in Egbe-Idimu LCDA, Governor Ambode said the 114 roads initiative was in fulfillment of the social pact which he signed with the people during the electioneering and his inaugural speech of running a system in which the “greatest good shall reach the greater majority of the people.”
He said the new roads aside improving the easy movement of goods and services across the various local governments, it would facilitate prompt and efficient response of security and emergency operations.
In Egbe-Idimu LCDA, Governor Ambode commissioned 633 meters Council Street Road through Akande, while the Chief Imam of Alausa Secretariat Mosque, Alhaji Babatunde Kassim represented him at the commissioning of 667meters Community Road in Agodo.
In Mushin Local Government, the Governor who was represented Special Adviser on Education, Obafela bank-Olemoh at the inauguration of Aborishade Road, Lawanson, said the next set of 114 roads would commence before the end of the year.
He said in another one year, projects that will impact the community and new sets of roads, two in each local government and local council development area will emerge.
Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa who represented Governor Akinwumi Ambode, alongside House of Representatives member, Taofeek Adaranijo at the commissioning of Ogundele and Fashola Streets at Orile-Agege LCDA, pleaded for more support for the present administration and the All Progressive Congress (APC) to be able to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
The Sole Administrator of Orile-Agege LCDA, Mr. Olufemi Agboola, said the roads are major link roads, which would ease traffic gridlock, reduce travel time, especially the 0.61 kilometres Ogundele road to connect Oja Oba on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.