Ikeja - Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Thursday assured residents of the state that his government would address the infrastructure challenges facing rural communities in the state.
The governor gave the assurance in Ikeja while speaking at the grand finale of the 2013 Community Day Celebration organised by the state government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that representatives of the various Community Development Associations (CDAs) across the state attended the event, which has “Community Transformation through People`s Empowerment” as its theme.
Fashola said that the government had identified several infrastructure challenges in various communities across the state, urging the residents to be patient with the government in efforts to tackle the challenges.
He stressed that the success of the state depended on the success of the communities, assuring the people that the government would fast-track the development of communities across the state.
“As I walked round the various tents, it brings home to me work that still remains to be done.”
“Passing through the tents of Eti-Osa, I remembered the tragedy on Monday when we lost some of our children in an avoidable accident.”
“My heart grieves for the families. Let me assure you here that the process of building pedestrian bridges in that community is already underway; we will soon construct them.”
“Walking past Ejigbo tents, I am reminded of the conditions of the roads in the community.”
“I get your messages, I feel your pain and standing here, I know that we would improve on the work as soon as the weather gets better.”
“But of course, these road works, in addition to the over 205 roads in various stages of construction, mean more inconvenience to us,” he said.
Fashola reminded the residents that efforts to address the road challenges in their neighbourhoods would also provoke some traffic inconveniences.
He, therefore, advised the residents to show more understanding by cooperating with the contractors handling various road projects across the state.
Earlier, Commissioner for Rural Development, Cornelius Ojelabi said the government had executed some electrification projects in various rural communities across the state.
He said this year alone, a total of 24 rural electrification projects were executed at Igbanko in Olorunda LCDA and Ibode-Orufo, a riverside community in Ojo Local Government Area.
He said that the electrification projects were also located in Shoko LCDA and Idale Whedakoh LCDA in Badagry.