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Lagos creates 49 742 jobs

18 April 2013, 13:16

Ikeja - Lagos State created 49 742 jobs through various infrastructure renewal projects across the state in the last two years, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Obafemi Hamzat, said on Wednesday.

Hamzat made the statement in Ikeja  at a ministerial briefing, organised to mark Gov. Babatunde  Fashola`s sixth year in office.

He said the government was able to produce the jobs through the patronage of local contractors, who engaged thousands of  residents in their construction sites.

``One of  the state government`s objectives is to create jobs. We must engage our local contractors. We cannot bring foreign contractors. In doing this, we have created  49 742  jobs,`` he said.

Hamzat said  the government was working on, at least, 255 road projects, adding that 82 roads covering 112.746km had been completed.

The commissioner said that work had significantly progressed on 119 other ongoing projects, while 42 had been completed.

He listed some of the completed  projects to include Lekki/Ikoyi Link Bridge, the Judicial Service Commission building, Lekki Epe Expressway and the alternative road to Lekki Toll Plaza 2.

Hamzat  said that 70 per cent of work on Ajao -Ejigbo road had been executed and gave an assurance that the job would be delivered in July.

He attributed the stoppage of work at Ago-Palace way to litigation, adding that the issue had been resolved to ensure re commencement of the project.

``Ago Palace way project had been stalled due to litigation, which has now been resolved. Work will soon resume  on site to finish the project in July as we have attained 70 per cent completion,`` he said.

He said work on Ozumba Mbadiwe and Lagos-Badagry Expressway projects reached 50 per cent and 74 per cent respectively but added  that the state government was doing its best to deliver the projects soon.

The commissioner said the government had awarded the contract for the construction of nine pedestrian bridges on  major highways to ensure safety of lives of pedestrians.

He listed Lagos –Abeokuta Expressway, Murtala Muhammed Way and Lagos –Ibadan expressway as some of the highways on which the bridges would be constructed.

The commissioner said the state government had spent N51 billion on the rehabilitation of some federal roads in the state for which it had yet to be paid.

He appealed for prompt refund of the monies to enable the state government to execute more projects.



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