Amidst the economic recession and dwindling financial resources occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration in Lagos State at the weekend expressed its determination to reduce the cost of governance and promote inter-communication among agencies through the provision of sustainable office infrastructure for its workforce.
Governor Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance during an unscheduled visit to two iconic structures in the state, the Lagos Revenue House and Multi Agency Building in Alausa, Ikeja.
The governor visited the Lagos Revenue House (formerly Elephant House) building consisting of four wings of seven floors plus a wing of eight floors and a multi-storey structure consisting of three blocks on a total area of 2.01 hectares dubbed the Multi-Agency Building.
Sanwo-Olu was accompanied on the visit by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. (Mrs.) Aramide Oduyoye and Commissioner for Budget, Samuel Egube, among other top officials.
The visitation was in line with the Sanwo-Olu’s government’s determination to ensure prompt completion of the projects conceived by Lagos State government out of the twin desire to scale down the incidental costs of premises rentals and accommodate most parastatals of the state within the vicinity of the state’s secretariat.
Speaking during the visitation to the Lagos Revenue House at Alausa in Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu observed the need to accommodate the phased delivery of the project so as to meet the delivery of wings A and C by December 2020.
The Lagos Revenue House, located at the Central Business District, Ikeja, is in close proximity to the state secretariat at Alausa, Ikeja, and when completed, it would accommodate all government agencies involved with revenue generations in the state.
The project comprises four wings – A, B, C and D, with three of the wings consisting of seven floors and D with eight floors. Some of the facilities provided in the building included borehole water, storage tank, water treatment plant, central sewage treatment plants, and pumping machines.
Other ancillary facilities included four gatehouses, a generator house, a central open courtyard, four lifts, offices, toilets and other conveniences.
The contractor handling the project, Messrs, Integrated Projects Limited, promised the delivery of the project as scheduled.
The multi-agency building comprised two blocks (A and C) of five floors and one Block B of eight floors with a penthouse on each of the last floors for conference and meeting spaces.
The ground and first floors were designed to accommodate car parks, while the second to seventh floors were designed as office accommodation.
Other features included in the project were two elevators per block, canteen and kitchens for each block, conveniences, central air conditioning systems and tamp concrete finishes for the carport, among others.
Sanwo-Olu urged the contractor handling the project, Messrs Palmyra Construction Nigeria Limited, to accelerate delivery of the project to avoid cost overrun works to enable early completion of the project.