Lagos State Government on Wednesday inaugurated 45 road construction equipment, saying the urban regeneration of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ikeja G.R.A had commenced.
The equipment, including three road printers, five driving rollers and three giant wheel leaders, was inaugurated after a public demonstration to the media and government functionaries to complete the construction of interlocked road in Joseph Hotounu Street, Lekki.
Punch reports that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the new equipment was procured in line with efforts to reposition the Lagos State Public Works Corporation for the urban regeneration programme aimed at addressing environmental and infrastructural challenges in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Ikeja.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, said the equipment would be used across the state for urban renewal initiative to ensure the regeneration of Lagos landscape.
“I want to state that this development is a sign of the government’s commitment to the regeneration and renewal of the entire Lagos State landscape.
“The public works corporation has three regional centres in Badagry, Ojodu and Imota, which the various machines would be deployed in,” he said.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said the paving stone machines and road printers were acquired to construct roads that would last longer, considering the state of the Lagos environment being waterlogged.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Works and Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Public Works Corporation, Temidayo Erinle, said, “The road printer can make road paving of 400 to 600 square metres in a one-day working shift of eight hours. The road printer makes road construction faster, easier and cheaper.”