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#BUHARI VISIT! Lagos declares Thursday work free day, announces alternate routes

The Lagos State Government has declared Thursday, March 29 a work free day to avail residents the opportunity to come out enmasse and welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a historic two-day visit to the state.

This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan.

Bamigbetan urged residents to adhere to the security guidance earlier announced to make the president’s visit peaceful and orderly.

The briefing which was also attended by heads of security and emergency agencies in the state

President Buhari is billed to commission the new Ikeja Bus Terminal, attend a colloquium in honour of national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and as well as embark on tour of the Eko Atlantic City, among others.

Meanwhile, the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, alongside heads of security and emergency agencies in the state at a press briefing held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said adequate preparations have been made to mitigate the impact of the road diversions on residents, while access would be given to any emergency situation.

The CP said,

“To ensure smooth, security-free visit of the President, we would need to do some diversions. Some certain roads will be closed at certain times; some diversions will be made but I want to use this opportunity to appeal for the support and understanding of Lagosians that this temporary road closures and diversions might cause a little inconvenience.

“We want the people to bear with us to ensure that we all join hands together to make the visit of Mr. President not only hitch-free but also very memorable. The road closures and diversions will be very temporary and immediately the President leaves a certain location, that area will be opened very quickly for the general public. We have also made adequate arrangements to mitigate the impact of the closures on residents.” 

He listed the areas to be affected to include Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Agege Motor Road, a section of Eko Hotel Road in Victoria Island and Old Marina in Ikoyi axis.

Edgal assured that security arrangement was already in top gear and that Lagosians would see a lot of deployment of personal of both military and civil logistics, but there is nothing to worry about.

Edgal said,

“We have done the necessary threat assessments; we have reached out to all stakeholders in areas that we believe we should reach out to them to ensure their full cooperation. We are using this opportunity to call again on the Okada Unions and the National Union of Road Transport Workers that they must abide with the terms of agreement we reached during meetings with them regarding the visit.

“We will not want to see commercial motorcycles plying the prohibited routes of Agege Motor Road, Bank Anthony Way and anywhere on the Island. Should that order be disobeyed, we would be constrained to ensure that you are arrested with your motorcycles impounded. Whoever is also found as a passenger will also be arrested and prosecuted so do not patronize these Okadas on these prohibited routes not only for the purpose of the visit but also to ensure that Lagos State Laws on the regulation of commercial motorbikes are obeyed at all times.”

He added that three locations have been designated for all first emergency responders to station their equipment and officials including the Police, National Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASAMBUS, Civil Defence, Fire Brigade, among others at Ikeja, Victoria Island and Free Trade Zone at Lekki-Akodo axis.

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