Nigeria's foremost engineering construction company, and the nation's preferred infrastructure development partner of choice, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, was the recipient of well-deserved encomiums and applause last week as Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated superbly upgraded and rehabilitated network of roads in the highbrow Ikoyi area of the state.
The road network comprising the popular Thompson road I and II, MacDonald/Lateef Jakande and Milverton roads was inaugurated by the governor at a well-attended ceremony last Friday amidst celebratory fanfare.
In his speech, the governor lauded Julius Berger Plc for the prompt delivery of the project saying: "thank you very much Julius Berger for keeping faith with your words. You promised to deliver and still keep the vegetation and beautifying trees of Ikoyi while you construct the intricate network of roads, and we all can testify that you have done just that. Indeed, I am happy you have kept the landmark we promised."
Sanwo-Olu further said: "I am happy too that within 12 months Julius Berger kept their words with the time frame without distortion to the area. Thank you very much," the governor said.
As a further expression of his satisfaction with Julius Berger's manifest high engineering standard and timely delivery of the roads ahead of the planned and contracted completion date, Sanwo-Olu happily said "in fact from tomorrow, I order you to roll out your caterpillars; roll out your bulldozers and do similar justice to Oyinka Abayomi/Queens Drive, Cooper Road Extension and Macpherson Roads and deliver within 12 months. From the evidence before us today, we know you can do it. Please go and do it."
Earlier in his goodwill message at the event, the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria, Mr. Lars Richter said, "today, we are commissioning four roads constructed by Julius Berger in less than 11 months. It is a big investment and the company delivered the best
standard. I am proud to state here and now that we see ourselves as partners in the development of Lagos. We look forward to more and stronger relationship with Lagos State Government in the future. We congratulate and thank Lagos State Government for this great achievement."
In her welcome address, Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye commended Julius Berger for the "prompt completion of the project and for a job well done."