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Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday disclosed plans to commence construction of three new ultra modern general hospitals this year to improve healthcare delivery in the state.
Ambode, who spoke at the second quarterly Town Hall meeting for the year and seventh in the series held at Shibiri/Ekunpa Area Office in Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area (LCDA), said government had already concluded the necessary paperwork before the contractors would move to site.
The governor, who took time to take questions from community leaders, traditional rulers, market women, youth leaders and party leaders in the area, said the decision to bring the meeting to Oto-Awori was in continuation of his commitment to leave no community behind in the development of the state.
He said he was also in the area to listen to the requests of the people in the axis and see how his administration could respond accordingly.
Responding to the request for a general hospital in the area, Ambode said three new facilities have been catered for in this year’s budget and Ojo Council is one of them, adding: “It is in the pipeline, its just a matter of time. We are already closing in on it.” Ambode also assured that efforts would be made to improve healthcare service delivery in the riverine area in Oto Awori, saying residents in such areas have remained relevant in the government’s achievements over the years.
He acceded to the request of the residents for the rehabilitation of the access roads linking the area to the Alimosho General Hospital, which they currently use, pending the construction of a nearby general hospital, and directed the Public Works Corporation to immediately fix the roads to improve accessibility to the facility.
Besides, the governor directed contractors handling several ongoing road projects across the state to return to their various sites or risks their contracts being terminated, saying his administration would not tolerate any form of laxity in project delivery.
He listed some of the projects to include Mile 10 Road, Mowo Road, Tedi Road, Ilaje Road, Goriola Oseni Road, Sabo Mosafejo Road and Imude Orisa Road, where the contractor covered only 1.5km of the road.
He also said that he had approved all the mini waterworks across the state, numbering about 41, to function optimally within the next 12 weeks to ensure that residents have access to clean and portable water.
Ambode directed that the Civil Service Commission and the Local Government Civil Service Commission to put modalities in place to employ at least 250 of them into the state civil service and ordered the chairman of the Sports Commission to offset all arrears of allowances owed physically challenged athletes next week.
For the next quarter, he said government would kick-start the implementation of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, implement the construction of 181 roads across the 57 LGs/LCDAs, complete the Abule-Egba and Ajah flyover bridges, further signalisation of Lekki-Ajah express road and continuation of road network upgrade across the three senatorial zones.

The GUARDIAN

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