Lagos State government has spent over N236 billion on road development in the last five years, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obefemi Hamzat, has said.
He disclosed this at the 2012 annual distinguished lecture of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, at the weekend.
In his presentation, “Roads and bridges as Infrastructure: Economic Impact in Lagos Stat,e” Hamzat said that the government had budgeted over N287 billion for road infrastructure between 2008 and 2012 and had expended N236 billion.
According to him, the government has awarded 157 roads as at today out of the N73.6 billion budgeted for this year with N44.6 billion accounting for 55 per cent of the budget already spent.
In his analysis, the government spent N48.3 billion in 2008, N44.4 billion in 2009, N41.7 billion in 2010, N58.3 billion in 2011 and N44.6 billion in 2012.
He explained that as part of the government’s commitment, it invested on yearly basis substantial resources to the development of its road infrastructure.
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Despite the problems the health sector finds itself in, the state government is introducing a set-up similar to the Dubai Healthcare Centre (DHCC) where complete professional medical services can be provided.
With the brain drain of Nigerian medical experts to foreign countries, we have been depleted in terms of available professional services. The present face-off between the Lagos State Government and the doctors is escalating an already problematic situation which could cause more harm than good.
However, despite the conundrum the sector finds itself in, the state government is introducing a set-up similar to the Dubai Healthcare Centre (DHCC) where complete professional medical services can be provided. The project, called Medical Village, has been earmarked for development in Lekki Schemes I and II under the supervision of the New Towns Development Authority (NTDA).
The Scheme I project is a Medical Centre built on 3000sqm of land with a large enough parking lot located along T.F. Kuboye Street. The total land area for the project, including the construction of public institutions beside it, is about 0.43 hectares. The development in Lekki Scheme II along the road to Ogombo Village is more representative of the DHCC concept. According to the layout plan, it consists of two medical centres, 17 medical plots of 1000sqm, a school, a shopping centre and a public utility company along with spaces for recreational use and gardens. The whole development will be built on about 5.08 hectares with a total of 24 plots of various sizes for the different structures.