The Lagos State Government at the weekend blamed the delay in the execution of capital projects under the 2013 fiscal regime on the shortage in revenue remittance to the Federation Accounts.
It also lamented the erection of residential apartments under the high-tension power lines in different part of the state, noting that such buildings would soon be demolished.
The state’s Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said this during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Ayobo, which he monitored with the Chairman of Ayobo-Ipaja Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Yusuf Shakiru and Special Adviser on Works, Mr. Ganiyu Johnson.
At the sanitation also monitored by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba and Managing Director of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ola Oresanya, Bello acknowledged that funding “has been a major challenge in executing the state’s capital project.”
He explained that the state government “has challenges this year, and this is well-known. It has been reported in several newspapers and so on. The financial situation of this country is having impact on Lagos.
“In fact, Lagos is even trying. There are a lot of challenges. There are a lot of things we should have dealt with. This year has been a little slow, particularly from the middle of the year. We have challenges in funding our projects. It is the most important aspect,” the commissioner explained.
He, also, expressed disappointment at the rate at which some residents “are building residential apartments under the high-tension power infrastructure across the state,” thereby directing a sister ministry, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to start demolishing such buildings.
“Ordinarily, according to him, how can people be erecting structures under high tension cable? It is a noted matter over the years that people should not build under the high tension cable and pole. The entire area was unplanned, and they are demanding for drainage. That place was ordinarily a wet land,”he said.
He explained that every resident “knows the nature of wetland especially what it does to nature. They want us to construct drainage under high tension, who will ever do that? We cannot do drainage under high tension.
“In fact, what we should do is to demolish the entire houses under the high tension pole. I have instructed the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to take note and deal with that. They have invaded the place and destroyed the natural habitat. On drainage, before the end of the year, we will give the accurate account of the drainage that have been constructed and cleared in the last one year.”
Also speaking, the Special Adviser on Works explained the progress made on the Ipaja-Ayobo Road, which he said, had been defined and the right of way “has been established. The drainage lines have been marked and the interlocking blockings are ready for fixing. We all saw various inner roads at different levels of completion.