For a second time, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and President Muhammadu Buhari are commissioning unfinished projects in Lagos. This clearly brings to heart many questions, but a very resounding one is, must unfinished projects be commissioned?
This is a season of multiple projects commissioning in Lagos and Governor Ambode must be having a swell time.
But many Lagosians are angry with him for causing traffic inconvenience for them and are angrier that the governor is also commissioning one unfinished project as he did about a year ago.
When he commissioned new Ikeja Bus Terminal a year ago, the beauty of the project was amazing and iconic.
People’s hearts were eased with the commissioning as they expected the 850 BRT buses to be commissioned at the same time.
However, the governor commissioned an empty bus terminal, leaving Lagosians more frustrated with expectation postponed.
Only a few days into Buhari’s arrival, Governor Ambode announced the arrival of the 850 buses meant for the earlier commissioned empty Ikeja bus terminal, a move tagged by many Lagosians as not only deceptive, but double-dealing and fraudulent on the part of the embattled outgoing governor.
The second unfinished project is Oshodi Transport Interchange, another masterpiece constructed at a whopping sum of $70 million, according to the Lagos State Government.
The multi-level bus terminal is world-class by all standards.
www.e-nigeriang.com learnt that the project is not completed because the surroundings are not yet environmentally fitting for the edifice.
According to the project handlers, Planet Project Limited, the Oshodi interchange will function until May 2, when all the surroundings will be completely tidied up before.
Since it will begin operation on May 2 as revealed by the project handlers, why the rush to commission a project yet in an unfinished state?
Around the world projects are commissioned after complete finishing, but in Lagos the reverse seems to be the case; making many to wonder if Governor Ambode has something to hide.
Again, Lagos State Government announced it is going to commence covering of potholes on Lagos roads.
You will recall that most of these roads were handed over to Ambode finished by former Governor Babatunde Fashola.
Many of the roads are more than 10 years old since most of them were constructed in Fashola’s first term.
He spent eight years and now having spent four years Ambode is just beginning to cover them as a matter of urgency.
These pot-holed roads had already damaged many cars and destroyed the health of many motorists and commuters with traffic delays and frustrations leading to blood pressures.