The residents of Ipakodo, Ikorodu Division, spontaneously rejoiced at the opening of the refurbished Oba Sekumade Road on Friday to thank Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for keeping his promise.
The infrastructure, which was put in place by Sanwo-Olu, now makes it simple to get to residential and commercial districts in Ibeshe, Igbogbo-Baiyeku, Ebute Ipakodo, Ikorodu town, and Ipakodo Mega Jetty Terminal.
The failed sections of T.O.S. Benson Road, spanning a distance of 500 meters, were also repaired by the governor.
The state government implemented a thorough junction development project to divert traffic toward the Ikorodu Roundabout in order to reduce traffic congestion on the T.O.S. Benson Road.
With its terrible circumstances, Oba Sekumade Road was a terrifying experience for commuters.
Because to this, the 2.5 km single-lane road was added to the state’s strategic emergency road restoration program and was given a grant for extensive upgrade and enlargement using CRCP (Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement).
The busy road was converted from a single lane to a rigid concrete dual carriageway as a result of the intervention, boosting connection and providing relief to the commuters who use the route.
The road was the first significant infrastructure project that the governor officially opened after his reelection two weeks ago.
The commissioning, according to Sanwo-Olu, is a “thank you” gift for the Ikorodu Division electorate for casting the second-highest number of votes in the most recent gubernatorial election, which helped his party, the All Progressives Congress, win.
He said: “Today, we have come back to Ikorodu Division to show our appreciation and say big ‘Thank You’ to Ikorodu residents for keeping faith with our government. This town has been good to our party with its outstanding voters’ support during elections. What else can we do to demonstrate our appreciation other than to come to this important base of Lagos heritage and hand over a gift of infrastructure that will bring huge benefits to the people.
“The commissioning of Oba Sekumade Road and the rehabilitation of T.O.S Benson Road point to another demonstration of what purposeful governance is all about. These projects reflect our commitment to deliver dividends of democracy and ensure that development touches every nook and cranny of Lagos. These projects are strategic to strengthen various interventions initiated to improve traffic management on this axis. The hardship being experienced by drivers has been resolved, as we have enhanced connectivity and reduced journey time.”
Sanwo-Olu emphasized that the state government had obtained the promise of contractors to expedite construction work on other infrastructure projects being completed in the area and that the Ikorodu Division will continue to benefit from improved infrastructure during his second term.
The continued building of the Agric-Isawo Road, which the contractor has pushed to 60% completion, was specifically mentioned by the governor.
He promised that the construction of the Ewu Elepe-Gberigbe Road, Igbogbo-Bola Ahmed Tinubu Road, and Adamo-Agunfoye Road would proceed at a faster rate.
In order to increase connectivity within the axis, he also commanded Lagos State Public Works Corporation to expedite the development on Igbogbo-Baiyeku Road.
The traffic junction being built at Ita Elewa Roundabout, according to Sanwo-Olu, would alter Ikorodu’s transportation scene once it is finished.
The project, which is now 55% finished, will inaugurate a new BRT corridor in Ikorodu.
He said: “What we are about is ensuring that the next four years come with bigger dividends delivered faster than we have done in our first tenure. There will be accelerated development across the city in next dispensation. Ikorodu is part of the Greater Lagos that is rising.
“In the next couple of months, we will be doing groundbreaking for the Fourth Mainland Bridge, which will cut across major sections on Sagamu-Ikorodu Expressway before finally opening to Lagos Ibadan Expressway. We are committed to delivering this project in our second term to completely open Ikorodu to the world.”
The renovation of Oba Sekumade Road to a rigid pavement dual carriageway, according to Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, Special Advisor to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, not only resolved traffic issues on the highway but also issues with floods that threatened nearby residential settlements.
According to her, the state government’s insistence on environmentally friendly infrastructure, sufficient drainage systems, and high-quality lighting facilities installed on the roads demonstrated the Sanwo-Olu administration’s dedication to upholding high standards.
“I believe that with the rehabilitation and upgrade of this road, the challenge of flooding and inadequate capacity will now become a thing of the past. This in turn will also translate into improved free flow of traffic and a much needed reduction in travel time for the business owners in the area and the motoring public at large,” she said.
The development was referred to as “historic” by the Sekumade of Ipakodo, Oba Bashiru Shotonwa, who also noted the road’s continued importance for Ikorodu’s socioeconomic development.
The traditional leader claimed that the expansion of manufacturing businesses and residential growth, which increased pressure on its utilization, was to blame for the worsening road quality.
“Mr. Governor, by fulfilling your promise to us today, you have written your name in gold in the history of Ipakodo. We will continue to remember your name for good,” Oba Shotonwa said.
Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, a member of the House of Assembly who represents Ikorodu II, claimed that the large turnout of Ikorodu voters was in response to the governor’s offer to upgrade the town’s infrastructure.
The legislator claimed that because Because Benson Road wasn’t included in the first plan, its renovation was only the cherry on top.
“These roads have brought huge relief to commuters on this axis and we can now say goodbye to flooding of our streets,” Agunbiade said.
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