By Rukayat Moisemhe
Outgoing president, Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA), Olorogun James Emadoye, has charged the Lagos state government on the strategic importance of promptly completing the regional roads along the Lekki Epe Axis.
Emadoye said this during the inauguration of the new Executive Council of LERSA on Monday in Lagos.
He acknowledged all efforts Gov., Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and urged him to also begin the construction of the coastal road in addition to all other road infrastructure going on in Lekki Epe Area.
The outgoing LERSA president listed some of his major achievements over the last few years to include the presentation of a memorandum to address the increase on land use charge and a very active environment safety community.
Emadoye said his tenure saw regular roundtable with the state government, political associations, electricity distribution companies, security agencies, businesses and healthcare professionals within the axis.
He said that his administration provided a platform for almost 200 Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and companies to showcase and expand their market reach and procured an official property for LERSA.
“We consistently engaged with government to improve road infrastructure, power and had regular interventions with them on issues pertaining to the toll gate.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic and following the Xenophobic and Endsars attacks, we intervened with donations of medical items, donated a Toyota Hilux and rebuilt the Ajiwe police station.
“We have also commenced the provision of temporary accommodation for police and traffic officers working on the axis by raising funds for the ongoing construction of sleep over bay in Ogombo police station.
“I appreciate everyone for your good work and support throughout my tenure as head of the executive council and pray you extend same to the new executives,” he said.
The incoming president, Mr Sulyman Bello, said his administration in view of the declining life expectancy in Nigeria, was determined to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to increase life expectancy on the Lekki corridor and ultimately the nation.
Bello said the focus of the new regime would also be on public infrastructure, health, education and security.
“I am quite excited with the sterling quality of the assemblage of men and women arrayed beside me in the new LERSA executive council.
“Together, we pledge our unflinching loyalty to our residents and stakeholders; working seamlessly with all relevant organs of the state as well as the traditional authorities.
“In accepting the mantle of leadership of LERSA, I am aware of the onerous responsibilities involved and pledge my dedication to the cause.
“Our role is to work harmoniously together with the elected and appointed officials of state from local government up to the state and federal levels; cutting across the familiar legislative and executive boundaries,” he said.
Mr Ayodeji Amodu, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Sanwo-Olu, expressed the state government’s commitment to opening up the hinterlands across the state to drive development.
He said that the Lagos state government would continue to have a listening ear and collaborate with all stakeholders to turn Lagos into the mega city it truly is.
NAN reports that an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr Qudus Salami, received the LASTMA man of the year award for his dedicated service to the region. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Oluwole Sogunle