Third Mainland Bridge To Be Temporarily Shut For Four Days – Lagos Govt

 

The Lagos State Government has announced that the Third Mainland Bridge will be temporarily shut for four days.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Sunday by the Lagos State Deputy Director, Public Affairs Ministry Of Works and Infrastructure, Sina Thorpe.

The shut down will start from midnight of August 23 to midnight of August 26, 2018. It is to allow investigative Maintenance Test to be carried out on the Bridge.

The State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya said the decision was taken after due consultation with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

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According to him, the four-day closure will enable the contractors to assess the true state of the bridge after works would commence on the bridge by the end of the year or early in 2019.

“The Third Mainland Bridge which was opened about 30 years ago by the then military government has had haphazard maintenance and repairs in the past which the present Federal Government is committed to correct by carrying out proper and continuous maintenance and repairs on it,” Akinsanya said.

The State Government has therefore appealed for the cooperation, support and understanding of all motorists and residents during the period which the bridge will be closed.

The traffic management agencies including the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Police, among others, have been mandated by the state government to ensure smooth flow of traffic on all the other alternative roads to ensure free flow of traffic.

Truck Clearing Operation On Oshodi-Apapa Expressway To Continue For 30 Days – Govt

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (second right); Managing Director, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Hadiya Hadiza Bala Usman (right); Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson (left) and Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello (second left) during the governor’s meeting with NPA, Tank Farm Owners, Shippers Council and other Stakeholders on the Apapa Traffic Situation at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, July 23, 2018.

 

The Lagos State Government on Monday announced that the joint security task force set up by the Federal and state government to clear trucks on the Oshodi-Apapa highway will continue operation for the next 30 days.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson made this announcement while addressing journalists in Alausa, Ikeja.

He said the decision was reached after Governor Ambode held a meeting with stakeholders in the maritime and transport sectors, including Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Shippers Council, Tank Farm Owners, Department of Petroleum Resources, Security Agencies and Clearing and Forwarding Agents, at the governor’s office.

Lawanson stressed that the joint task force would work continuously for 30 days to bring sanity to the Apapa axis. He added that shipping companies sanctioned for non-compliance on utilisation of holding bays in the ports have also been extended by five days.

Part of the resolution from the meeting includes that the State Government has directed that all truck and tanker owners must be duly registered and well regulated by their unions, adding that the unions would be held accountable for their adherence to extant rules and regulations.

“The Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) is to ensure that Tank Farm owners comply with holding bay requirements, while trailers not called upon and found trampling will be impounded and sanctioned in Lagos.

“The Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) in collaboration with the Lagos State Government will going forward license trailer parks whereby only trucks housed in those designated parks will be granted access.

“Furthermore, tank farms without adequate loading bays within the next 30 days will be sanctioned.

To also cushion the effect of traffic gridlock, the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing would immediately commence palliative measures on bad portions on access roads.

The State Government also resolved to accelerate and complete work on the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Trailer Park in Orile within the next one month.

Apapa Gridlock: Lagos Task Force Begins Clearing Trucks On Highways

The Lagos State Government has set up a Joint Task Force involving security agencies and stakeholders in the maritime sector to remove all containers trucks and tankers parked along the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.

Tagged ‘Operation Restore Sanity On Lagos Roads,’ the Task Force involve 2,271 personnel drawn from the Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Nigerian Military including Army, Air Force and the Navy.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson told journalists on Sunday that the Task Force was able to free the road from Toyota to Mile 2 in an operation which lasted for 72 hours between Friday and Sunday.

He added that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has extended the operation of the Task Force for another 48 hours, while he would also host a meeting involving all the stakeholders in Alausa on Monday to come up with a lasting solution to the menace.

“The Governor will be meeting with the Nigeria Ports Authority, Shippers Council, Tank Farm Owners, Department of Petroleum Resources, among others because that is where the problem is really emanating from.

“What we are doing now are just palliative measures and we have to solve the problem from the source. Even though this is not within the Governor’s jurisdiction but he is adopting a collaborative approach with these agencies of the Federal Government which are the root cause of the problem to look for a medium to long-term solutions in support of the palliative measure that the Governor has started,” Lawanson said.

The clearing operation by the task force also involved relevant unions within the maritime sector such as Amalgamation of Container Truck Owners Association, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners (NATO), Road Trasnport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) and Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), among others.

Giving further details on the operation, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan said over 2,000 articulated vehicles were removed from the road including Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue and Mile 2-Orile Road and taken to seven designated holding bays.

He said the State Government has also resolved to set up a Mobile Court within the axis to summarily deal with recalcitrant drivers of articulated vehicles who may want to draw back the recent gains recorded.

The State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, Lagos Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Hyginus Omeje, LASEMA General Manager, Adeshina Tiamiyu, Heads of Military Formations in Lagos, among others were part of the inspection tour to assess the operation.

Lagos Govt Declares June 12 Public Holiday  

The Lagos State Government has declared Tuesday, June 12, 2018, as a public holiday.

This is in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the annulled 1993 Presidential elections adjudged to be have won by the late Moshood Abiola.

The State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello on Saturday, said the significance of June 12, 1993 elections, seen as the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria, would always be a reference point by the Lagos State Government.

Ambode also commended President Buhari’s recent declaration of June as the new Democracy Day.

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This, he said, would forever ensure that Chief MKO Abiola and other martyrs of democracy who laid down their lives in the struggle to entrench good governance did not do so vain.

“We want to commend and applaud Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari for deeming it fit finally against all odds from all other past presidents that 25 years after, we are able to now celebrate our own Democracy Day and also declare that the real winner of 1993 June 12 Presidential election was actually our own MKO Abiola.

“No matter how long you try to hide history, history will always reveal itself with a true platform. So, we know that is one very important singular step as we go forward to build an enduring democracy,” he said.

The governor added that June 12 is not just a day to remember in Lagos State, it is a rallying point for those of in service to continuously strive to entrench true democracy and good governance which are the ideals of Chief MKO Abiola.

Lagos Govt Declares Thursday Public Holiday For Buhari’s Visit

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The Lagos State Government has declared Thursday, March 29 as a public holiday in the state.

This according to the state government is to enable Lagos residents to come out and welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is set to visit the state.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, the government also announced traffic diversions and alternative routes ahead of the presidential visit, which will take place between March 29 and 30.

President Buhari during the visit 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 others.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Imohimi Edgal, at a press briefing in the government office 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.

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“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,” he said.

Edgal, who called for support and understanding over the diversions added that the road closures and diversions will be temporary and immediately the President leaves a certain location, that area will be opened for the general public.

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.

Commercial motorcycles operators are also urged to stay away from the prohibited roads.

“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 patronise 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,” Edgal said.

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 (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), LASAMBUS, Civil Defence, Fire Brigade, among others at Ikeja, Victoria Island and Free Trade Zone at Lekki-Akodo axis.

Lagos Govt Shuts Illegal Plank Market In Oko-Baba

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The Lagos State Government on Sunday ordered the immediate closure of an illegal plank market in Oko-Baba Extension by Wright Street in Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of the State.

The government, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami, said the decision to shut down the market was based on the fact that it had become a security threat as well as a hide out for hoodlums who attack innocent citizens and commuters in the area.

He said the state government, under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, was passionately and irrevocably committed to the safety of lives and property of residents in the State and would not allow any potential security threat to thrive.

Folami, therefore, urged traders in the affected market to comply with the directive, warning that those who flout the order would face the wrath of the law.

Land Grabbing: Suspect Fails To Meet Bail Conditions

The Lagos State Special Offences Court sitting in Oshodi has declared the sureties presented by a suspected land grabbing kingpin, Kamorudeen Lamina, as unverifiable and thus unable to stand for his bail.

The State Government, through the Special Task Force on Land Grabbers set up by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, had on June 16, 2017 arraigned Lamina and others before the court over alleged forceful dispossession of residents from their legitimate rights to land ownership.

In his ruling after their arraignment, Magistrate Lateef Owolabi had granted bail to the defendants in the sum of one million Naira and two sureties in like sum. One of the requirements was that one of the sureties must be a land owner in Lagos, while the other must be a civil servant not below grade level 15.

The sureties were also required to have three years tax clearance and registration with the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA).

The Magistrate had also ordered the defendants to deposit the sum of 150,000 Naira each with the court, while they were to be remanded in Badagry Prison pending when they were able to meet their bail conditions.

Lamina and his gang were said to have been terrorising residents of Ikorodu for a long time before he was arrested on June 15, 2017.

Others arraigned with him, included Mr Omotola Ogunsanmi, Mr Samson Shobule (A.K.A Samson Salau), Biliaminu Orega (A.K.A Biliaminu Salau), Alhaji Jimoh Aromasodu, Alhaji Wasiu Orenuga and Alhaji Nurudeen Kasali.

In counts one and two, Lamina, sometime in February 2017 in Mowo Kekere area of Ikorodu Local Government, allegedly took over one plot of land forcefully which was sold to one Mrs Ebere Okafor, contrary to Section 2 (1) of the Lagos State Properties Protection Law 2016.

The action was allegedly carried out by Lamina despite the fact that the sale of the land had been ratified with proof of payment.

In count three, Lamina was accused of forcefully taking over and remaining in possession of 200 plots of land in Mowo Kekere belonging to Planet Properties Ltd contrary to Section 2 (2) of the same law, while in count five, the defendants were said to have fraudulently sold 60 hectares of land which had been previously sold by the rightful owner contrary to Section 8 (1) (b) of the law.

In count six, the defendants were accused of fraudulent selling 25 hectares of land to third parties without any lawful right to do so, an offence punishable under the law.

The matter has however, been adjourned to July 13.

Lagos Govt To Erect Bigger Fawehinmi, Abiola Statutes At Ojota Parks

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday denied reports that it was planning to replace the statues of late Chief M.K.O Abiola and late Chief Gani Fawehinmi at the Ojota parks with another monument.

Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Adebimpe Akinshola, while reacting to a media report that the State was planning to replace the statues, said the ongoing remodeling of both parks was to accommodate bigger sculptures of the two prominent Nigerians.

“Rather than replace the two conspicuous monuments, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture with the approval of His Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State, commissioned group of artistes to remodel the entire park and erect a new but bigger, better and more aesthetic sculpture of the two prominent Nigerians for better appreciation of their contribution to the development of Nigeria,” Akinshola stated.

She added that the Government was already set to complete the remodeling of Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola Garden at Ojota with a new statue and water fountain to enhance the aesthetic value of the park for better appreciation by visitors and enhancement of the June 12 presidential election narrative.

The Acting Commissioner said the remodeling work on Chief MKO Abiola statue commenced late January 2017 and is currently about 70 per cent completed.

She said the project also includes additional facilities such as a water fountain and a designated mini park, adding that the Chief Gani Fawehinmi sculpture also at Ojota was about 60 per cent completed, while the park is being enhanced with another work of art called “The Possibility”.

Akinsola reiterated the resolve of Governor Ambode’s administration to change the face of Lagos with the ongoing erection of 29 artistic sculptures and monuments at strategic locations across the State.

She said while many of the new world class creative monuments are at advance stages of completion, six of them completed and officially unveiled including the statues of the first settler in Lagos, Prince Olofin (erected at Ijora); the first King of Lagos, Prince Ado (erected at Moloney Junction, Lagos); Ojuloge (erected opposite the National Theatre), which celebrates and conveys the sense of beauty, grace, style and passion for fashion of Lagos Women.

She listed other completed monuments including The Drummer (erected at Ipakodo, Ikorodu), which depicts the Yoruba music culture, Youth Empowerment (erected at Sabo Yaba), which depicts situations and resources the youths deploy to improve quality of life as well as The Fisherman (erected at Badagry junction) which depicts one of the occupations and heritage of the people of Badagry.

Gov Ambode’s Wife Cautions Parents Against Child Labour

Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, has called on parents and guardians to stop child labour and pay more attention to the welfare of their children and wards.

She made the remarks at the weekend while interacting with journalists at Ikeja, on the celebration of the 2017 World Day Against Child Labour.

Mrs Ambode described child labour as a crime against humanity adding that it keeps the child away from enjoying the benefits of childhood, which according to her should be the happiest and most memorable period on one’s life.

She believes the non-eradication of the illegal act interferes with the child’s right to basic education, making them vulnerable and a social liability to the country.

“Child labour refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives children of the joy of childhood; interferes with their ability to attend regular schools, which is mentally, physically, socially and morally dangerous and harmful to the society. This practice is considered exploitative.

“Every child should enjoy childhood when they must live in the love and care of their parents. However, this illegal act of child labour forces the child to live like an adult. It causes untold emotional pains for the child and leads to unhealthy and unbalanced development of the mind, as well as social and intellectual backwardness.”

Speaking further, Bolanle noted that healthy children are the future and power-house of any country, stressing that engaging in child labour amounts to spoiling and destroying the future of the children and the country at large.

She however noted that Lagos State walked tall as the first state in the federation to pass the Child’s Rights Law providing the platform to enforce the rights of children.

Mrs Ambode enjoined mothers and guardians to always extend love to their children and wards, and to encourage a balanced lifestyle for their proper growth and development.

The admonition is coming on the heels of the World Day against Child Labour marked every June 12, to raise awareness on the plight of child labourers across the world.

Lagos Govt To Construct Eight-Lane Road From Ikorodu To Epe

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has revealed plans by his administration to construct a standard eight-lane road from Ikorodu to Epe via Agbowa, Itoikin and Ijebu-Ode.

He said the road project would be delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, while a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to that effect would be signed in the coming week.

The governor also revealed that in a bid to scale up the socio-economic integration of the South West region, the state government in partnership with Ogun State, would construct a top-class road from Mojoda to Ijebu-Ode junction.

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna on Friday.

The Governor spoke separately at Epe and Kosofe Local Governments where he commissioned network of roads.

The roads reconstructed and upgraded under the Epe Phase 1 Project included Lagos Road (Oke Osho/T. Junction/Aiyetoro Roundabout), Professor Agbalajobi (Aiyetoro Garage/Ita Marun-Ottin) and Oloja Estate (Bature/Otunba Adeniyi/Omotayo/Uthman Mustapha/Adekunle Rahman) roads.

According to the statement, Ambode said the completion of the project was in line with his campaign promise to address the challenges of the gross infrastructural deficit, flooding, and erosion that the people of Epe had lived with for decades.

“It gladdens my heart to see that two years into the tenure of this administration, the dream of transforming Epe and its environs into a modern city is becoming a reality.

“The narrow roads are being redefined to give Epe a face lift. The network of roads have been complimented with street lights to provide illumination, improve security and enhance socio-economic activities.

“This is consistent with our pledge to ensure inclusive growth, where no part of the state will be left behind or neglected. The ongoing infrastructural development in Epe is a foundation for economic progress and development,” Governor Ambode said.

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He added that the plan of his administration was to open Epe town to local and international investors who would be keen to take advantage of the ongoing transformation of Ibeju-Lekki axis which is currently being turned into an industrial hub.

Apart from the roads, the governor said the ongoing Epe Marina project, when completed, would turn Epe into a world-class destination for tourists and adventure seekers.

Giving details on other road projects in the axis, Ambode said work had already commenced on Phase II of the project from Oke-Oso-Araga-Poka and Epe-Poka-Mojoda road, while the proposed Phase III is the Mojoda to Ijebu-Ode junction road to be delivered in collaboration with Ogun State.

The governor equally expressed optimism that the Ikorodu-Agbowa-Itoikin-Ijebu-Ode and Itoikin Epe road projects would provide viable alternative routes to Lekki-Eti-Osa-Epe Expressway which will witness increased vehicular movement resulting from industrial activities at the Lekki Free Trade Zone.

“We are optimistic that the future prosperity of Lagos State is secured. The development of the East-West wings of the State is our sure bet to prosperity,” he said.

Furthermore, he expressed happiness that the efforts of his administration in the axis was already paying off and had resulted in massive improvement in the flow of traffic to and from the Island via the Third Mainland Bridge as a result of the construction of laybys, alternative routes and creation of more spaces for bus stops.

The governor also noted that the newly upgraded Banwo and Iyaomolere roads would decongest traffic on Oworonshoki expressway by providing a link through Ogudu to Ikorodu expressway.

Mushin Violence: Traders, Residents Seek For Lagos Govt. Intervention

Traders and residents of Idi-Oro area in Mushin, have asked the Lagos State Government to save them from hoodlums who have been terrorising the market and its environs.

This appeal is following days of mayhem unleashed by the hoodlums in the area, leaving properties worth millions of Naira damaged.

The traders said they would no longer allow them to overrun their area.

While some of the traders alleged the act was perpetrated by two factions’ youth invited to the area and their battle ground is the market street.

Berger Traders Rendered Helpless As Govt. Demolishes Shops

Traders and shop owners at the Berger retail market are counting their losses, following the demolition of the facility by the Lagos State Government.

When Channels Television crew visited the site of the demolition exercise on Wednesday, the traders were seen salvaging their wares from the shops.

Some of the traders were seen wearing dejected looks, as their goods were scattered around the road, or being conveyed away in trucks.

While most of them refused to speak to our correspondent, those who spoke off camera wondered where next to go, saying they were entirely helpless.

The Lagos State Government had designated the market as illegal, and the land on which it stood had allegedly been sold to private owners.