Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode today commissioned the new but badly constructed Kalejaye/Sunday Sholola Road in Mafoluku area of the state amidst protest by residents over the poor construction work done by the contractor ; Jumbo Engineering Limited.
The governor, who was represented by the Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ganiyu Johnson, said that the 736 metres road project was part of the 114 roads constructed by the government across the state.
He said that a total of N19.4 billion was spent in the construction of the 114 roads, just as he called on the residents to take ownership of the project.
According to him, “Let me therefore appeal to our elders, the youths and indeed the entire residents to guard jealously the infrastructure provided by the government so that additional projects can come to your communities.”
Ambode urged them to address the menace of cultism, kidnapping, and vandalism by providing timely information to security agencies.
However, residents condemned and criticised the Lagos State Government for commissioning the project despite their complaints about the shoddy job done by the rookie contractor.
The angry residents said that Kalejaye/Sunday Sholola Road is very strategic to both residents and airport users as it serves as both exit and entry point to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
Jumbo Engineering Limited, they insisted should have done a good job considering the importance of the road.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Mr Akinsola Olabodun, said they had several complaints about the construction of the project
According to him, “From day one, we have been complaining about the road. From the beginning to the end, the road is very bad. We have been complaining until today that the road is not due for inauguration. We want the government to call the contractor to come and repair the road.”
Recalled that residents of the area have been complaining about the poor quality of job carried out by the contractor of the project right from the inception.
However, the contractor handling the road project, Mr. Sadiq Oluwaseyi, said he was satisfied with what the quality of work despite the barrage of complaints and criticism by residents and those using the road to connect the airport.