Lagos Announces Night Closure Of Iju Level Crossing For Repairs

A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
A file photo of Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

The Lagos State Government on Saturday said it will close the Iju level crossing for repairs between Sunday and Monday.

The notice was communicated via a statement signed by the Commissioner of Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde.

According to the Commissioner, the closure will commence from 8 pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday.

He explained that the closure was necessary to repair the damaged rail track caused by an accident involving an articulated vehicle.

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The Commissioner stressed that repairs had to be made urgently to prevent accidents of the train running on the track, assuring that alternative routes have been made available during the temporary closure.

Motorists from Abule-Egba can access Iju through Jonathan Coker, Charity to Olayiwola through Puposola to Toyin Level Crossing using Giwa, Oke-Aro. Charity to Abattoir to Okekoto to Pen Cinema Flyover is another option.

While motorists From Iju Road, Jonathan Coker going to Abule-Egba can navigate their desired destinations through Ogba College Road to Jonathan Coker, to Abule-Egba, as well as Iju-Ishaga to Toyin Level Crossing to Puposola through Charity, Abule-Egba.

The statement further explained that Pen Cinema Flyover to Tabon-Tabon through Abattoir, Charity to Abule-Egba are available for use. Also Ijaiye Road to Odo-Eran, by Mobil to Oba Ogunji, Pen Cinema Flyover.

The statement advised motorists to obey the Law Enforcement Officers deployed to manage traffic flow during the course of the night repairs at the level crossing, adding that the State Government prioritizes the safety of Lagosians and will continue to do so.

PHOTOS: Lagos Tanker Explosion Leaves Carnage Behind

Photos by Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Lagos gas tanker explosion on Thursday left carnage in its wake.

Residents were left aghast as the explosion rocked buildings to their very foundations, destroying some houses and leaving several vehicles damaged, some beyond repair.

There were fears that at least one person had died and several others critically injured following in the blast which occurred at the Iju Ishaga area.

Channels Television’s Sodiq Adelakun was at Ajuwon where the explosion took place, and he captured the devastation left behind by the blast.

Viewer discretion is advised due to injury photos.

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Dana Air Crash: Families Of Victims Demand Immediate Release Of Report

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FILE: Debris from the crash site in 2012

Families of victims of the 2012 Dana plane crash, which claimed the lives of 153 passengers, are demanding the immediate release of the final report on the crash by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the crash.

Chairman of the Families of the Victims, Mr Paul Okwulehie, also appealed to the federal government to compel the management of Dana Air to complete the payment of compensation to the affected families.

The group, which announced the establishment of a Safer Sky Foundation, further stressed the need for the federal government through its regulatory agencies to ensure that only air-worthy air crafts are allowed to operate in the nation’s airspace.

A Mcdonnell Douglas MD-83 operating as flight 992 crashed into a two-storey building at Iju railway, Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos.

All 153 people on board the aircraft were killed. Following the crash, all flights by Dana Air were halted by Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority.

But, the airline’s licence was restored in September 2012, before the inquiry into the accident was concluded.

However, the airline was re-suspended six months after it was allowed to restart operations, before it resumed operations again.

Cenotaphs were unveiled in Abuja and Lagos to honour victims of the crash.

Ehingbeti 2014: Fashola Reaffirms State’s Readiness For Private Partnership In Power Sector

gov. fasholaThe Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has said that the essence of the Lagos Economic Summit, tagged Ehingbeti 2014 was for the private sector to draw the attention of the Government to places where its activities would enable the private sector achieve its potential in terms of delivering of service, provision of opportunities and growth of the economy.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Governor Fashola said that the summit which holds bi-annually was to check the progress of the resolutions carried out in the previous summit and how they had been implemented.

In an effort to further emphasize its mission to encourage more private sector involvement in the development of Lagos State, Governor Fashola spoke about different areas of the state’s economy, providing insight into his administration’s efforts at creating a conducive environment for investment.

Power generation came to the fore, being the focus of Ehingbeti 2014. He stated that the distribution and generation of power were now in the hands of the private sector, which makes it easier for people that have investments in the sector.

Governor Fashola disclosed that for about 4 years, Government had invested in a transformer manufacturing company in Badagry, and this was because they anticipated that when power generation ultimately became sufficient, there would be need to get power into homes, which called for buying of cable, transformers, and meters to measure the power.

He stated that a large number of these assets had been imported into the country but Nigerians could not wait to have power supply in their homes, unaware that “after these assets come into the country there might not be transformers”, but the good news was that “ transformers are now produced in the country.”

The Governor also revealed that the Akute Power Plant now enables the powering of Iju Water Works and increases the utilization capacity of the water works, “Power that should have gone to Iju is now available on the grid for the supplier to deal with and distribute to the ordinary consumer”.

Governor Fashola further mentioned the Alausa Power Plant which he said had freed off 10megawatts of power demand by government from public power.

He noted, “Power is available on the grid and should go ordinarily to private citizens” and according to him, the same goes to the State House, High Court, Magistrate Court, 14 schools, adding that his government had supported some other public amenities that were not state owned, like churches, police formations amongst others.

He also mentioned that in about 6 years, his government had been able to develop three independent power plants, with two more to be completed in Lekki and Ikeja, and for the sustainability of its efforts, he urged that Nigerians should conserve power, “People must shut down appliances that they are not using , it saves money in your pocket.” He also emphasized the need to save water, urging the media to help preach the message.

Speaking on the Resident Registration Exercise, Governor Fashola stated that the exercise was essential and useful for the power sector and telecommunications, to enable them know where their customers and consumers are, noting that it would also require auditing.

“This exercise will require auditing of information for future purposes”, he said.

On the recent controversies surrounding the payment of toll at the Lekki area of Lagos, Gov. Fashola said that the Lagos State Government had appealed the court judgement stopping it from collecting toll at the Lekki-Ikoyi bridge, and had asked for an order to stay execution of the judgement. He explained that when a party is applying that the enforcement of a judgement should be stayed, it is technically a suspension of the enforcement of  that judgement until the court determines if the application would succeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan declares 3 days of national mourning for crash victims

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has declared a three-day period of national mourning for all those who lost their lives in the Dana plane crash in Lagos today.

According to a statement released from the State House, the President cancelled all his public engagements scheduled for tomorrow and has also directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning.

Meanwhile, the President has ordered the fullest possible investigation into the crash.

In compliance with the President’s directive, the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah has already left Abuja for Lagos to oversee investigations and present an interim report to the Federal Government as quickly as possible.

The President joins all Nigerians in mourning all those who lost their lives in the plane crash which has sadly plunged the nation into further sorrow on a day when Nigerians were already in grief over the loss of many other innocent lives in the church bombing in Bauchi State.

The President however assured air travellers in the country that every possible effort will be made to ensure that the right lessons are learnt from the tragic loss of valuable lives in today’s plane crash and that further measures will be put in place to boost aviation safety in the country.

He prayed that God should grant the families of the victims of the plane crash the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss.