In line with the determination of the present administration to ensure that public assets and infrastructure are better managed for optimal utilization, the Lagos State Government has appealed to residents to put government facilities and assets into proper use by embracing good maintenance culture.
Mr. Oladeji Williams, General Manager, Lagos State Infrastructure Asset Management Agency (LASIAMA), made the appeal during the flag-off of a sensitisation and advocacy effort on better management and handling of public assets organised by the Agency.
He decried the worrisome manner public facilities are being carelessly used, abused, damaged and vandalized, noting that such mishandling often shortens the structure lifespan and invariably requires more spending of government scarce resources to regularly maintain and repair them.
The General Manager emphasised that public infrastructure like office buildings, hospitals, schools, parks, recreational centres, roads, water fountains, bridges and others are meant to provide essential social services to give life and meaning to every citizen. He described them as our collective heritage to bequeath to future generations and must, therefore, be preserved and secured.
Williams commended the present administration’s focus on addressing the infrastructure deficit in Lagos State, thereby engendering socio-economic development and infrastructure growth.
He, however, appealed to the members of the public to inculcate a good maintenance culture that will continuously guarantee the safety and functionality of public assets and also help in protecting government facilities for collective public interest wherever and whenever there is an opportunity to use them.
While calling on Traditional Institutions, Community and Religious Leaders and Resident Associations to ensure public facilities in their areas are adequately protected and carefully maintained, he informed that the advocacy is to instill maintenance culture into public consciousness through a vibrant and effective enlightenment campaign.