Lagos - The Lagos State Government on Tuesday blamed the slow pace of work on its road projects on paucity of funds.
The Commissioner for Works, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, told journalists in Lagos that the state government was “gradually mobilising” contractors to the various sites because there was insufficient funds to execute all the awarded road projects at the same time.
The commissioner was speaking in response to complaints by Lagos residents on the deteriorating condition of most roads in the state.
"When we began this year, all the roads we wanted reconstructed were to cost the state about N550 billion.
"We do not have such money: The budget of the entire state itself is less than N550 billion.
"The truth of the matter is if we have to do all the roads in one year, then there will be no need for government the next year," the commissioner said.
He said that some of the roads that the government had done in the state were accompanied by 200-metre drainage channel taking the floods into the lagoon to keep the roads safe.
"You cannot construct a road without making proper arrangement for the channelling of the water into the lagoon.
"It is not just a matter of doing roads because Lagos is two metres below the sea level and so the way I would do roads here is not the way I will do roads in Abuja, for example," he said.
He urged Lagos residents to also approach their respective local governments for assistance in rehabilitating the roads in their areas.
The commissioner said that construction work on the Okokomaiko - Marina Blue Rail project would be handed over to a concessionaire to manage, when completed, to ensure its smooth operation.