Controversy Trails Commissioner’s Advertorial On Completion Of Lagos Roads

Dr. Femi Hamzat, Commissioner for Lagos State Ministry of Works, in a newspaper advertorial on The Nation newspaper edition of August 2014, stated that it had completed 20 roads in Mushin Local Government. Among the roads completed is Sadiku Street, Ilasa.

Although there are two Sadiku streets in Mushin Local Government, the advertorial failed to mention which of the Sadiku it had tarred.

Our correspondent who studied the advertorial went to inspect the two Sadiku streets. One is located in Ilasamaja area of the local government, while the other is by Ojekunle Street in Papa Ajao.

The Sadiku Street in Ilasamaja, as at the time of visit, is in a deplorable state. Both residents and commuters expressed their displeasure on the bad road. Some of them who spoke under the condition of anonymity disclosed that they find it difficult to access the road and implore the government to come to their aid.

The residents told our correspondent that they also saw the advertised roads in The Nation newspaper but berated the Commissioner of Works for claiming to have tarred the road when he hasn’t. They also complained of government’s high-handedness in attending to their plight.

At the Papa Ajao area of Mushin Local Government, our correspondent verified that the Sadiku Street located there has been tarred. Also, adjourning streets were rehabilitated and tarred.

Meanwhile, Mr. Samuel Ayetutu, the Public Relation Officer of the state’s Ministry of Works told our correspondent that there are two Sadiku streets in a local government but failed to mention which of them the advertorial referred to. He said further that the state would not say it has done a road that is yet to be done.

Ayetutu said, “My brother, please just check your fact. I’m not making any claims; please just check your fact.“

“The Sadiku Street is at Papa Ajao, by Ojekunle Street. The other at Ilasa is also in view. We will soon get there,” he added.




Ibrahim Olalekan is a media writer and specialist. His enormous task as journalist has earned him media space in some leading online newspapers. Aside being a seasoned journalist, Olalekan has keen interest in advocacy, rural development and politics. Olalekan is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, and can be reach via: or +2348101988313 and @lekanpaul

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