THE crime rate in Lagos has dropped by 65 percent, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said on Tuesday, January 19 at the second town hall meeting held at the City Hall, Lagos Island.
Rendering his stewardship Ambode told members of the audience that recent statistics indicated great improvement in security in the state.
He said his administration between last May and July invested massively to re-energise and reinvigorate the state security infrastructure and bring it to a level comparable to those in other modern cities.
Other steps taken by government to tackle insecurity, the governor said, included the light up Lagos project where major and inner roads were being lit to keep criminals at bay.
Ambode said: “In the past few months, we have fixed street lights from Berger in Ojodu to Lekki, Ikorodu to Lagos Island, the entire Ikeja axis, Victoria Island and Ikoyi. We are taking this project to every part of the state.
“If we are not yet in your neigbourhood, give us a little time; we will soon be there. As we light up the state, we expect crime to reduce as criminals will have nowhere to hide and operate.”
The governor appealed to individuals and corporate bodies to partner with government by adopting a street and lighting it up, adding that the government will grant such individual or organisation special concessions on Land Use Charge. They will also earn commendation from the state and local governments.
In the last quarter of 2015, he said the government donated 49 transformers to communities that had been in darkness for five years and restored electricity to 63 communities starting from Eleko to Ode-Omi in Ibeju Lekki Local Government.
“We also commissioned the 33kva Electrical Sub-Station in Gberigbe Community, Ikorodu. This is expected to improve electricity in that axis,” he said.
He also said that the government had reconstructed and rehabilitated major and inner roads across the metropolis. Over 300 major roads, he said, had been rehabilitated, adding that 66 major roads are at various stages of completion. Grading and surface dressing of 80 roads will soon be completed in all councils, he said.
The governor listed some of the roads as Afa Nla, Agege, CIPM, Alausa, Ijegun-Ikotun, Mba Street, Ajegunle, 1st and 2nd Avenue, Festac Town, Afolabi Ege Street, Ojo Thompson, Ikoyi 2nd Avenue, Ikoyi, Queens Drive, Ikoyi, Ebute Ero, Lagos Island and Akin Adesola, Victoria Island.
Work, he said, had begun on the fly-overs planned for Ajah roundabout in the Central Senatorial Zone and Abule–Egba Junction in the West Senatorial Zone.
On transportation, Ambode said the government had introduced 434 brand new Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, buses and flagged off a direct BRT line from Ikorodu to CMS to ensure commuters’ comfort.
He disclosed that work had started on the Blue Line Rail Project that will run from Mile 2 to CMS, with seven bus stops, adding that the project is expected to be completed in December.
— Jan 20, 2016 @ 12:55 GMT