The Lagos State Government under Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced that traffic will be restricted on Monday, January 23, with diversion on the Island on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, in preparation for the visit of President Muhmmadu Buhari to the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to be in Lagos on a two-day working – January 23 and 24 visit to commission projects in the state.
At the test run of the first phase of the blue line rail project on December 21, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos, said Buhari would commission the first phase of the project (Marina to Mile 2) in January 2023, and also flag off construction of phase two (Mile 2 to Okokomaiko).
Others include the Lekki deep sea port, the blue line rail project designed to run from Mile 2 (on the mainland) to Marina, 32-Metric tons Lagos Rice Mill, Imota, and 18.75km Eleko to Epe T Junction express road.
Others are the John Randle centre for Yoruba culture and history and the groundbreaking for the blue line rail phase 2 (Mile 2 to Okokomaiko).
According to statement on Friday by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, the Commissioner, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde assured that alternative routes have been mapped out, as well as the deployment of the State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to manage traffic flow during the two-day visit.
Oladeind, who explained that the routes that would be manned by the LASTMA Personnel, stated that; “On the first day, which is Monday 23, movement around Lagos Rice Mill, Imota in Ikorodu, and the Lekki Deep Port Sea axis will be restricted.
“While on the second day, which is Tuesday 24, movement around Eko Hotels and Suites, Ahmadu Bello Way, J-Randle through to Broad Street and Outer Marina, will be diverted from 6.00 am to 3.00 pm.”
While pleading with motorists for their cooperation, Oladeinde highlighted the alternative routes made available as options for motorists depending on the desired destinations.
The options, according to the movement plan, will have motorists diverted from Ahmadu Bello Way, Ademola Adetokunbo and Akin Adesola Street to Falomo Bridge (Five Cowries Bridge), to Alfred Rewane Road to connect their desired destinations.
Motorists that are Onikan-bound from Ozumba Mbadiwe and Bonny Camp are enjoined to make use of Falomo Bridge (Five Cowries Bridge) or Awolowo Road.
The Transport Commissioner further stated that motorists from Awolowo Road heading to Onikan Roundabout, Tinubu Square or any other part of the inner Island will make use of Falomo Roundabout to link Alfred Rewane to further their journeys.