IMPROVING SAFETY MEASURES IN RESIDENTIAL ROADS
I welcome you all to this august gathering. The occasion, despite its short notice, is so germane as it avails us the opportunity to discuss an issue so important to us as living beings - the safety of life on our residential roads.
May I expressly state that the present administration of the local government on coming to power quickly identified and diagnosed the peculiar challenges of our road infrastructure.
First we admitted that Amuwo – Odofin is largely a cosmopolitan community, comprising of residential and commercial areas.
For proper functioning of such a community therefore, it is expedient that the roads that service this community be placed at the front burner of this administration’s activities.
There is no alternative to giving premium consideration to our roads.
This administration therefore, emphasized the construction and rehabilitation of trunk ‘C’ roads within the community.
A hall mark of this administration’s activity report in the area of road infrastructure is the construction of the 1,394m long x 8m wide, 50mm – thick asphalt and 50mm stone base circular road at mile 2 estate.
You will recall that the said circular road is as old as the Jakande regime; and for this long it has been left unattended to, making it the most deplorable road in Festac community.
It brought untold misery to our people resident in that area, so much that it was the campaign thrust for this administration before coming to power. Today all that is history.
We also touched on other roads like, 11, 32, 31, 51, 52, 24, 71 and 21 roads. We have rehabilitated the road from 11 road – 4th avenue. We have also reconstructed 7th, 2nd, 6th, 3rd 4th avenues, and from 3rd avenue – 1st avenue junction. And there is more work-in- progress.
For the purpose of this expedient gathering however, the issue of roads will not be treated in isolation.
The issue of safety on these roads is an issue equally important.
This administration has also worked hard to improve the safety level on our roads and to making these roads accident free.
We have carried out for instance; several campaign via the mass media, adverts, door-to –door sensitization on regular basis on why it is dangerous for containers trucks/ trailers and other heavy-duty vehicles to ply residential roads. We have erected barricades to stop this entire act. We have also made it a point of policy for the affected vehicles not to patronize our roads.
It is instructive to note that all our efforts are premised on the fact that apart from putting undue pressure on our roads, the incessant use of these roads by heavy trucks makes the roads a death snare for our people.
To drive home our point. Friday the 13th was a horrible day and a black Friday for Amuwo Odofin community that we will all want to quickly forget.
It was a day when innocent souls were destroyed and many still in critical conditions. No thanks to a container-filled trailer that fell over its sides and compressed three vehicles at a time.
The most touchy aspect was an inter-state commercial bus filled with passengers which left the east for its destination in Lagos, only for the long journey to be terminated by this fatal accident, just few minutes to the homes of the passengers. One of the dead victims of the accident called home barely four minutes before her life was cut short.
But this ugly accident could have been averted. It takes only the simple adherence to set out rules, regulations and laws on our road usage.
It is very disheartening that despite our efforts to avoid road mishaps similar to that of 13th Friday, the activities of residents and other stakeholders have not been encouraging.
The business community has been defiant, just as some residents have been unco-operative.
But in all of this, it is our own safety that is in jeopardy. It is our own security that is been threatened.
This administration needs not re-iterate its stand on this issue.
There is danger in allowing trailers with containers and other heavy – duty vehicles to pass residential areas.
This gathering is one of the numerous steps to be taken to address this vexed issue. Your contribution as Stakeholders of this community is highly required.
It is high time we made our roads a safe haven for users.
Let me end my speech by expressing my gratitude to you all for standing beside this administration this far.
Thank you very much for giving your mandate to ACN in the last elections.
We hope that for the coming years, we will continue to experience the massive social transformation already taking place in Lagos.
Please permit me to welcome you to an era of responsive and credible governance.
Thank you and God bless.
Eko Oni Baje O!
Comrade Ayodele Adewale.