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Lagos finds solution to Oyan dam flooding

Succour came the way of residents of Maidan, Aina and Agiliti communities in Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area as the state government formally commissioned 3.1 kilometres of road in the area. The newly completed road is expected to solve the flooding problems being experienced by residents of the neighbourhood. –

The scope of work on the project which was handled by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC covered earthworks, provision of 200mm crushed stone base, pavement and surfacing with interlocking stone, provision of service ducks and installation of street lights. Others were the construction of outfall drains, retaining wall, relocation of water pipes, beautification and landscaping as well as construction of 300 metres long bridge.

Handing over the project to the communities, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola explained that when he first visited the area in 2007, the residents who had been cut off from Kosofe for the past 50 years, passionately requested for a box culvert or jetty to enable them have a platform for parking their canoes. Fashola said the road is a practical example of slum regeneration and urban renewal.

“I told them then that if you are willing to cooperate with government and pay your taxes, we will not give you a jetty but will build a road with a bridge. It is your right and not a matter of pleading. I told them I would construct a first class bridge that will connect the communities within the area. I am happy that it has become a testimony today,” he said. The State commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Obafemi Hamzat, an engineer, said the road will offer opportunity for a strategic link from Ikorodu Road around Mile 12 that will connect with Lagos Ibadan express way. .

He added that the construction also offers an opportunity for the construction and upgrade of other inner roads such as Oremerin, Oniyanrin, Ajanlekoko-Oluwo, Adeyeye and By-Pass. “This area was prone to heavy flooding that usually accompanies the opening of Oyan Dam,.” he said. Hamzat said the roads were built to an international standard . “The total length of the road network 3, 078 metres or 3.1 km. The road is as standard as it can ever be with service ducts, drainage system, outfall drains along with fully serviced street lights backed up with a generating set”, he said.

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