Lagosians Groan As Trucks Block Entire Stretch Of Apapa Oshodi Expressway

Lagos residents are calling on the State and Federal Government to beef up measures in solving the problem of constant gridlock on the entire stretch of the Apapa Oshodi Expressway.

Motorists and commuters who ply Apapa Oshodi Expressway are lamenting, blaming the gridlock on trucks, which they said have taken over the entire six lanes of the highway stretching beyond the Isolo area.

The gridlock increased in the last 48hours when trucks parked on the main Expressway, leaving commuters to struggle through the service lane. The situation has led to the breakdown of law and order as commercial bus drivers have resorted to taking one-way.

“The vehicles formed long queues that extended from Mile 2 down to Toyota Bus Stop. I left my office, 6:45 p.m. and didn’t get home until 2:00 a.m.,” a resident of Festac Town who uses the road daily told Channels Television on Wednesday.

Some other residents have since taken to social media to express their disapproval as they are stuck in traffic for hours, while business owners say their businesses are affected by the gridlock and workers are left stranded in the traffic making them spend productive hours in gridlock.

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For several months the presence of trucks has been a regular sight in major highways forcing other motorists to a hard time commuting.

There have been several notices from the state government and relevant authorities asking the articulated vehicles to vacate the major highways but none of them have been adhered to.

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#PMBinLagos: Residents Groan Over Traffic Congestion, Increased Transport Fares

 

Lagos residents, on Thursday morning, took to social media to narrate their ordeal in the traffic gridlock which gripped the state in the wake of preparations for President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit.

The gridlock according to the residents started from Wednesday night as Lagosians hurriedly went about the daily activities sequel to the work-free day declared by the state government.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, had announced on Tuesday that declaring Thursday a work-free day to enable residents to come out and welcome the President when he arrives.

Also in line with the President’s visit today, March 29 and tomorrow March 30, the Lagos government announced that movement will be restricted to certain areas but alternative routes will be provided.

Many residents who were stuck in traffic on Thursday morning due to the restriction of movement were left with no other option but to trek to their workplace.

Expressing anger at the disruption caused by the gridlock, residents took to social media to share pictures and short videos showing them trekking to their workplace. Others shared pictures of the traffic congestion, fuming and lamenting over increased transport fares.

 

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President Buhari is expected to commission the new Ikeja Bus Terminal, attend a colloquium in honour of the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and also embark on a tour of the Eko Atlantic City, among other activities.

Rumour To Disenfranchise Non-Indigenes Is Callous – Lagos INEC

political parties-LagosThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city, has debunked the rumour that the commission intends to delay Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.

In a statement issued yesterday and signed by the commission’s HOD Voter Education and Publicity in the state, Mrs Ijeoma Okey-Igbokwe, the commission noted that it has no plans to replace corps members with state school teachers to disenfranchise non-indigenes as alleged.

Describing the rumour as callous, the commission stated: “We want to state here clearly that the rumours are callous, unfounded and malicious.

“The commission in the state wants to assure Lagosians (Lagos residents) that everything is set for the smooth take off of the above mentioned elections tomorrow, Saturday, April 11, 2015 and that there is no intention by the Commission to delay the electoral process”.

It warned the peddlers of the rumours to desist from acts that are capable of disrupting the peace of the state, while urging the residents of Lagos State to come out in their numbers to elect leaders of their choice.

Lagos Residents Will Pay Fair Taxes – Jimi Agbaje

Jimi-AgbajeThe Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, says Lagos residents (Lagosians) will not pay heavy or light taxes, but will pay fair taxes instead.

Jimi Agbaje, spoke at a debate expected to have been attended by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and PDP Lagos State governorship candidates, organised by Channels Television in collaboration with the Enough Is Enough Nigeria (EIE) on Sunday.

The APC governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, was absent.

Mr Agbaje stressed that the government had always depended on tax for development, but that if elected, his administration would ensure Lagos residents (Lagosians) pay fair taxes.

He said the present administration was taking advantage of regulatory agencies, noting that it was generating tax in the wrong means.

He further said that he was called a tax invader due to politics. Agbaje said his company was not owing any tax.  “I got a letter from the state government, inquiring how I have been paying my land use charges.”

On his plans to ease the traffic situation in the state that had continued to eat into man hour, he said he would address the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation issues, which he pointed out was not at its best.

“We will look at the implementation and see how we can strengthen it and make it better. Portholes are the major causes of traffic in the state. We will patch them to ease free flow of traffic in the state,” Mr Agbaje siad.

He also said new bus stops should be created where necessary.

The Lagos PDP governorship candidate, who described water as a faster means of transportation in the state, said Lagosians were scared of the small boats, which were in use.

He pointed out that his administration, if elected, would provide bigger boats to ensure passengers’ safety.

On his role in the party, Agbaje stressed that ‘he is not a typical politician’, saying ‘see me as I am. I will no say what I will not do’.

He further explained his relationship with Olabode Goerge, saying Mr George is his party leader.

“If a man is charged to court and sentenced for a crime and a superior court frees him, then he is not guilty,” Agbaje said.

He, however, urged the people of Lagos state to go out and vote so as to discharge their civic duties.

PVC Distribution: INEC Decries Poor Response In Abuja

PVCsNational Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dr Chris Iyimoga, has appealed to residents of Abuja to come for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC), before the deadline of March 8, 2015.

The former Director of FCT Council for Arts and Culture, who spoke after an inspection of some collection centres in the Federal Capital Territory, decried the low turn out of residents to collect the cards.

Some residents of Abuja had condemned the ongoing collection of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in the Federal Capital Territory for what they called “inadequate awareness and sensitisation of the public”.

Some of the residents said that they got to know about the exercise when they saw people gathering at Polling Units, while a resident complained that he could not find his name on the collection list.

“The information was not well circulated, the awareness was low and I did not hear about it at all. I was on my way to work when I saw a crowd.

“I decided to check out what was happening and discovered a board has been put up with incomplete names,” he said.

However, Dr Iyimoga has stressed that only seventy-one per cent (71%) of the Permanent Voter Cards had been collected.

He urged the residents of the Federal Capital Territory and its environs to go to their Polling Units to collect their Permanent Voter Cards in order to vote the candidates of their choice in the coming general elections.

Fashola Credits Improved State Public Service To Change Of Attitude

Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN)
Governor Babatunde Fashola

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said on Thursday, that “Lagos is working” because of the change of attitude and dedication to work in its Public Service.

Governor Fashola made the observation at a Pens-Down ceremony held in Alausa, in honour of the retiring Head of Service, Mrs Josephine Oluseyi Williams.

Governor Fashola expressed joy that the State Public Service had removed the word “impossible” from its vocabulary, emphasising that such resolve underscored the fact that the people could change anything that did not work for them.

“Whenever Lagos residents acknowledged the State’s law enforcement agencies, the fire fighting capacity of its Fire Service or the efficiency of its Public Service delivery, I always reminded them that the personnel of the agencies were not changed “but only changed their attitude and renewed their dedication,”  he said.

Fashola maintained that with the right attitude and the appropriate dedication to work, nothing would be impossible for any institution in Nigeria.

“When I meet people outside now and they tell me that the face of the Lagos State Public Service is changing for the better, I take that compliment with a lot of inward pride even though I know that the work is not finished,” the Governor added.

This Cup Would Pass

Fashola also noted that the State’s Public Service has earned the support of the public that it serves, reiterating that earning such support was only half of the journey, as keeping it was the real deal.

He explained further that Lagos did not earn such public support by sloganeering, by pronouncing transformation or by a vision that changed every minute.

Governor Fashola, who entitled his address at the ceremony “This Cup Would Pass”, stressed that Nigeria was being forced to drink from a very bitter cup, adding that the cup would eventually pass.

“Even though we gather to celebrate and honour the Public Service, some of the things that we see now raises several questions and the difference between good and bad is becoming very difficult to tell,” he said.

The outgoing Governor also added that governance was not necessarily about building roads and bridges or about proving jobs but also about very high moral authority.

Advising those who regard the appointment of women into leadership positions as their achievement to look beyond their narrow confines, the Governor stated that “when you look at the Permanent Secretaries in Lagos State, the Magistracy, the leadership of parastatals and the Judiciary, you will see that leadership responsibility for women in Lagos is a way of life.

“So if some people think they are doing women a favour and consider it an achievement, they are living in a different world. Here, it is already a way of life.”

In her response, after signing off her personal file in the Public Service and receiving a Certificate of Service from the Governor, Mrs Williams said her choice of the public service was primarily based on the desire to fulfill a dream of touching lives and making some modest contributions to the growth and development of Nigeria.

Urging public servants to remain focused at all times and in all situations, she reminded them that the decisions they made in the course of service would go a long way in shaping the society.