The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday said any attempt to convert the 114 newly-constructed roads in the 57 local government areas and local council development areas into venues for trading or parking lots would be resisted by the government.
Ambode, who inaugurated another set of completed roads in the councils, added that conversion of the roads to other uses other than for motoring would reduce their lifespans.
In an address read by his representatives at various venues of the inauguration, the governor observed that many landlords in the state did not allot space within their structures for parking, adding that rather, they asked their tenants to park on the road.
“Allowing heavy static load on the road will reduce the lifespan of the road. Good roads embellish the community. They also reduce flooding and allow residents to live comfortably. Illegal usage of roads as automobile workshop, as well as dumps, must stop,” he added.
At the inauguration of Seriki Kemberi Road and Alhaji Rasak Street in Iba LCDA, the governor was represented by a member of the state House of Assembly, Oladele Adekanye; and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola.
Likewise, at the inauguration of Ojediran Shopitan and Taiwo Molajo streets in Ikorodu West LCDA, the governor was represented by Olorunfunmi Bashorun, and a member of the state House of Assembly, Abiodun Tobun.
In the Igando/Ikotun LCDA, the governor, represented by Onilado of Ilado, Oba Mobadenle Oyekan, inaugurated Osunba Street, while Oba Lasisi Gbadamosi of Igando, inaugurated Balogun Olanrewaju Road in central Igando.
The Sole Administrator of Igando/Ikotun LCDA, Mr. Samuel Ajayi at the event, revealed that Ambode had directed the 57 councils to submit 288 additional roads (four from each council) for construction consideration for 2017.
At the inauguration of Apa Palace Road and Kweme Road, both in Badagry West LCDA, Ambode was represented by the Alapa of Apa Kingdom, Oba Oyekan Ajose, and a member of the state Assembly, Olanrewaju Layode.
In Eti-Osa LGA, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports, Mr. Deji Tinubu, and a lawmaker, Tajudeen Olusi, inaugurated Ologolo Road on behalf of Ambode.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, and a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulkabir Aiyeola, represented the governor to inaugurate Oribanwa-Lakowe Link Road and Iberekodo Road in Eleko, all in the Ibeju Lekki LGA.
The Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Wasiu Eshinlokun; and Chairman, Health Service Commission, Bayo Adeniyi, represented Ambode at the inauguration of Thomas and Evans streets in the Lagos Island East LGA.
The governor also inaugurated Coker/Lafenwa and Ifoshi/Fadu streets in the Ejigbo LCDA, and was represented by a former Special Adviser on Education, Tunde Samuel; and the Special Adviser on Communities and Communications, Kehinde Bamigbetan.
At the inauguration of Balogun, Kuje and Dillion streets in the Oriade LCDA and Omoalade Alafia and Oloruntoyin/Jebina streets in the Bariga LGA, Ambode was represented by the Chairman, Ojo Community Development Council, Alhaja Ali Ogundeji; the Commissioner for Finance, Mustapha Akinkunmi; and members of the Assembly, Rotimi Abiru and Sanya Ajayi.