Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday handed over the Ado Kekere, Langbasa, Kajola network of roads in Eti- Osa Local Government Area, reiterating the need for all residents of the state to be vigilant, tolerant of one another and live in peaceful co-existence.
The Governor, who spoke at Langbasa, explained that the community was being opened up towards bringing development to the area, noting that in addition to roads, the state was also opening up the area by water as work was virtually completed on the Jetty in Badore to start extensive ferry service to Ikorodu.
Fashola appealed to the people, that if the roads were well maintained, they would last for no less than 30 years. He added that under no circumstance must the walkways be converted to trading posts.
Fashola, while speaking on the state of insecurity in the country, noted that every community goes through some challenges at one time or the other, adding that Government was doing everything to keep the people, the city and the communities safe.
According to the Governor, he had already held a meeting with all leaders of the unions and motor parks in the state and security would be heightened at the motor parks. While advocating vigilance among the citizenry, he said that the catch word should be: “If you see anything unusual, say something about it”.
“What we are going to do is that for everybody who is travelling, you have to be vigilant, if you get to a park, take a look at the person sitting next to you. Look at him or her again. We have to be aware now, we can’t pretend anymore. If you see anyone dropping a bag, call him to come and carry his bag. If you see anything unusual, say something”, he said.
Also emphasizing the need for religious tolerance, Fashola implored the people to ignore all those preaching issues of religion because what should be of utmost importance was the people’s security and prosperity.
“Leadership is not about how people worship, did you elect leaders to go and be praying? You elected them to do this kind of work, to give you electricity, to give you roads and to secure you”, the Governor said.
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said that the network of roads that consist of Langbasa, Ado Kekere and Ajah Badore that was handed over before were some of the strategies of the State Government to connect communities and make transportation network easier through road works and complimenting the ongoing road development of Lekki Epe Expressway.
The event was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Mrs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council, including the Commissioners for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Ben Akabueze; Commerce and Industry, Mrs Sola Oworu; Establishment, Training and Pensions, Mrs Florence Oguntuashe; member of the House of Assembly representing Eti Osa, Gbolahan Yishawu; and the Olumegbon of Lagos, Chief Fatai Olumegbon and several residents of the area.
Before the commissioning, the Governor and members of the State Executive Council had undertaken an inspection of the State Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme units in Lekki Peninsular II and Sangotedo.
He was conducted round the structures by the General Manager of the New Towns Development Authority, Mr Adeyemi Isiba and Special Adviser on New Towns Development Authority, Mrs Felicia Awofisayo.