The Save Lagos Group (SLG) has advised Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State to stop milking the recently completed road projects in the state for propaganda, saying the quality of the roads is below the expectations of the people of the state. The group also advised Lagosians to stop celebrating the governor on account of road projects.
The group made its position known in a statement jointly signed by its Convener, Comrade Adeniyi A. Sulaiman, and Director, Media and Strategy, Comrade Olaolu Oladipo. According to the SLG, the road projects are a mere cosmetic façade designed to deceive Lagosians that the government is working. It argued that the roads have little significance towards improving the economy of the state.
“We are sad to note that despite the euphoria and media blitz that trailed the so-called commissioning of these projects, many of the roads were poorly done and have started to look like what they looked like before the works carried out on them.
“What is of significance is the misplacement of priority in the selection of the roads that were selected for the projects. Our grouse is that the roads have little or no significance for facilitating the economic growth and development of the state,” said the SLG.
The group had earlier criticized moves by the state government to rid the state of shanties and slums, alleging that such was inspired by the government’s desire to moves to punish some areas of the state opposed to the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government.
The group said the government should apologize to the victims of the exercise, claiming that it has evidence that many of those affected have valid titles to their properties.
“We of the Save Lagos Group are surprised by the rationale provided by the state government to engage in this punitive exercise against innocent and law-abiding citizens of the state. Our findings have revealed that many of the victims of this exercise are being made scapegoats for government’s ineptitude.
“So, the only thing acceptable to us is for the state government to desist from further inflicting harsh punishment on the people of the state through this dubious exercise and further apologise to past victims,” the SLG added.