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Ambode revokes Falomo Shopping Centre contract



Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, yesterday, revoked the concession granted by the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation, LSDPC, to Afriland Properties for the redevelopment of the Falomo Shopping Centre, Ikoyi. He also issued stern warning to contractors handling various road projects in the state against shoddy jobs, saying the state would not accept any act that will cause untold hardship for the residents.

The revocation order was contained in a statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, saying the decision was taken based on a recent discovery that the concession was grossly detrimental to the interests of the people of the state.

According to him, only N50million was paid by the concessionaire, Afriland Properties, for a 50-year lease of the property belonging to the government.

He said the state government as custodian of the interests of Lagosians is committed to the restructuring of the LSDPC to ensure it begins to provide positive capital returns for the ultimate benefit of the people.

…Threatens contractors over road projects

Meantime, the governor also yesterday, pledged to complete the seven-kilometre Ipaja-Ayobo Road in Alimosho Local Government Area of the state within the next three months. Ambode made the disclosure during an inspection of some road construction projects in the state.

The administration of former Governor Babatunde Fashola awarded contract for the reconstruction of the dual-carriage road in May 2011, initially billed to last for 18 months. Ambode said he decided to inspect the project to quickly propel the contractor to expedite action so that the project could be completed on time.

According to him, the completion is key to unlocking socio-economic opportunities in the area. ‘’Alimosho deserves more than this road because you are the greater part of the state. We will work toward providing a fire station and water works in Alimosho, ‘’he said.

Ambode also visited Shomolu Local Government Area to inspect the Igi-Olugbin, Okupe and Deji-Aladejobi Road construction around Ladilak, Bariga, where he expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work. Ambode appealed to Shomolu residents to be patient and urged the contractor to ensure speedy work to alleviate the sufferings of residents.

The governor also visited the Oshodi market where he urged market men and women to be law abiding by refraining from selling on the road.

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