The Lagos State Government has commenced preparations for the construction of Oworonshoki community’s second access road.
The state government had, a few months ago, said it would construct 114 standard access roads across the state before the end of 2016.
At the demolition of an over 30-year old building, which was said to have been a major impediment to the construction of the road, residents, who spoke with our correspondent, said the community had been neglected for several decades due to lack of access roads.
The road is expected to connect Oworonshoki community to neighbouring communities such as Ogudu and Ifako with an exit into the major expressway connecting the Third Mainland Bridge, and will be handled by Fountain Construction Company Limited.
The Secretary General, Council of Oworonshoki Youth Forum, Mr. Babajide Kabiawu, stated that the youths had written letters to the state government about the building, several times over the past two decades.
He said, “Now that there is a consensus between the government and the owner of the building, we are happy as a people for the coming development. The road will come in through Olopomeji axis of the expressway and will have an inlet, passing through the Car Wash Bus Stop, all the way to the Ifako Junction.
“From there, there will be an exit into the expressway. At the under bridge in Ogudu, there will be a U-turn for those going to Ogudu and those proceeding further will just pass under the bridge and enter into Oworonshoki, so that they don’t have to get into the congestion at Gbagada. The second phase of the construction will pass through Olopomeji down to Olojojo, down to New Garage.”
The Bashorun of Oworonshoki Land, Chief Jelili Lawal, said the people of Oworonshoki had been expecting a second access road, which would bring in investments into the area.
“We have only one and there are over four million people living here. One road cannot be enough; many companies have refused to come and invest here because we do not have roads. As long as we have an access road, many businesses will come here,” he said.
The General Secretary of the Community Development Committee, Mr. Olusegun Babatunde, said the agitation for a second access road went on for over 20 years.
Babatunde said the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, had also approved a world-class jetty for the community to make it accessible through the Lagos lagoon.
The CDC Vice-Chairman, Mr. Rasheed Awofesan, said Oworonshoki had been backward in terms of economic development but with the new road and the proposed jetty, there would be more investors.
Oworonshoki Youth President, Mr. Olusegun Somorin also stated that the development was overdue and commended the Governor for remembering the community.