Lagos Govt To Divert Traffic From Ojota Underpass, Announce Alternative Routes

Ikorodu road is one of the busiest highways in Lagos. Photo Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Ikorodu road is one of the busiest highways in Lagos. Photo Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

The Lagos State Government on Saturday said it will divert traffic from Ojota Underpass to Demurin Junction on the Ikorodu corridor from April 26 for a duration of four weeks.

The diversion is expected to allow the contractor handling the on-going reconstruction works on Ketu – Mile 12 road to commence construction on the service lane inward Ikorodu from Ojota underpass to Demurin Junction.

Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, communicated the news of the diversion in a statement.

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Oladeinde revealed that this will necessitate the temporary closure of access routes to Ketu during the duration of repair works, stressing further that this section was vital to the flawless completion of the rehabilitation that has been ongoing on Ikorodu Road over the past one year.

The statement further hinted that different alternative routes have been provided for road users to utilize during the construction period.

In addition the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be on ground to direct traffic for free vehicular movement.

According to the statement, motorists coming from Iyana-Oworonshoki axis inward Ketu, Mile 12 and Ikorodu will be diverted to Alapere to make an exit through Ajelogo Street and Mile 12 Underbridge or alternately use the clover leaf ramp to descend into the Maryland bound lane to access the ramp back to the bridge and take another descent into the ketu bound main carriage way.

Traffic heading towards Ketu, Mile 12 and Ikorodu from Maryland/Ojota axis will be able to access the main carriage way inward Ikorodu while vehicles headed for the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway will equally have the exit ramp open to access their desired destinations.

Motorists can also use the exit ramp and make a U-turn at 7UP to use the second exit on Ojota Bridge.

The government appealed to residents, especially motorists that ply these corridors to support the project, which is aimed at finding a lasting solution to the congestion in the metropolis in line with efficient traffic management and transportation policy of the State Government.

Motorists, Commuters Stranded As Trucks Break Down On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

Motorists and commuters plying locations around Lagos-Ibadan expressway were on Wednesday morning left stranded.

This according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) was caused by a fully loaded truck that lost control and another truck that broke down at the Kara construction area of the expressway.

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The two broken-down trucks ended up causing an obstruction on both sections of the expressway causing huge traffic at adjoining routes in Isheri Magodo, Alausa, Ogba and incoming traffic from Ojota, Ikorodu road and Alapere axis.

“The traffic is at standstill on Lagos Ibadan expressway following a crash that occurred at Kara construction area.

“A fully loaded truck lost control crossing the entire road both inwards and outwards. Our men are on the ground trying to pull it off the road without much success due to the load it’s carrying,” a statement from the FRSC command explained.

The truck was eventually evacuated.

Lagos Honours Gani Fawehinmi, Unveils 44-Foot Statue

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday unveiled a new statue of the late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi at the ‘Liberty Park’, in Ojota.

Ambode said the 44-feet edifice symbolises the phenomenon that the rights activist represented in his life time.

The unveiling of the statue is in commemoration of the 80th posthumous birthday of the late icon.

The Governor said it was an affirmation of his administration’s commitment to celebrate personalities whose action have helped to define the fortune and spirit of Lagos State positively over the years.

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Ikorodu Road: Lagos Govt Restricts Interstate Buses To Ojota, Berger Parks

Motorists Call For Police Presence On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Bridge
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The Lagos State Government has on Wednesday announced the restriction of the operation of interstate buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks.

Therefore, a seven-day ultimatum has been issued to the vehicle operators to relocate from Ikorodu roads to the designated inter-state motor parks at Ojodu Berger and Ojota.

The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde said this after an inspection tour of the ongoing construction of Modern Bus Terminal at Yaba and the beautification project at Jibowu,

He said the decision of the government was in line with the determination of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration to install sanity and civility in the environment.

He said, “This is a follow-up on the visit of Governor Ambode to this axis last night and was very displeased with what he saw particularly in the manner with which long buses, inter-state buses are using the main town and what we have done so far is the initial announcement to say that henceforth, we will no longer allow inter-state buses to be along Ikorodu Road.

“Henceforth, they will have to go to Ojota and Ojodu Berger which are the two designated inter-state motor parks. The ones that we have here in Jibowu will have to move and there is a 7-day ultimatum for every one of them beginning from the ones in this axis to move.”

Speaking on the reason for the ban, the Commissioner said activities of the operators had not been tidy and decent despite repeated warnings.

He said, “Take for instance, the New Jersey Barricades here are being destroyed and they are built with taxpayers money. We have also seen the way vegetal nuisance have taken over everything particularly areas that are being used by the operators of the interstate buses in spite of the repeated warnings that this is no longer acceptable.”

The Commissioner said the affected stakeholders should work with government, assuring that the development would not in any way affect their businesses and livelihood.

Also, the Lagos State acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi said the ban was part of the plan of the government to properly utilize spaces under flyovers and bridges.

He said that government had already provided more than enough spaces for the affected operators at Ojodu Berger and Ojota, saying that a stakeholders’ meeting would also be held on this week to discuss and allocate spaces for operators at the said parks.

Five Killed, Three Injured As Container Falls On Bus In Ojota

Five people have been confirmed dead and three injured in an early morning accident around the Ojota area of Lagos state.

Rescue officials say the accident occurred about 4 AM on Saturday, involving a commercial bus and a truck carrying a container.

The commercial bus and truck were reportedly travelling from the Ketu area towards Maryland when one of two containers on the truck fell off and flattened the bus.

It was also reported that the victims were returning from a church vigil when the incident occurred.

Policemen Storm Ojota To Prevent Convergence Of Protesters

protest3Police officers have gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park at the Ojota area of Lagos state, where protesters were matching to, from the National Stadium.

The uniformed men in their dozens, arrived in patrol vehicles and an armored truck to prevent protesters from converging.

Although regular activities still continue around the park which has been themed the ‘Freedom Park’, after hosting the famous ‘Occupy Nigeria’ protest in 2012, the uniformed men were seen urging passersby to keep walking as they discouraged any form of gathering.

Hundreds of protesters under the aegis of the #I Stand With Nigeria group, gathered early on Monday, to protest what they described as “unfavourable government policies” of the Nigerian government.

Fashola Says Water Challenges Will Be Reduced In Lagos State

fashola-on-Lagos State Annual Climate Change SummitThe Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday,  flagged off the 7th Lagos State Annual Climate Change Summit with an assurance that he would leave behind a plan that would reduce water challenges in the state.

Governor Fashola, who spoke while declaring open the three-day Summit at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, said, although, the future holds a grim picture of global environmental adversity, Lagos had put several measures in place to counter any such adversities both at present or in the future.

Such measures, the Governor said, include the tree planting and greening programme to check erosion, Energy Conservation through the construction of Independent Power Plants (IPPs) and the Eko Atlantic City Project, which he described as the new wall of Lagos on the Atlantic.

The Governor added that his administration had also put in place a 13 year plan (2012 – 2025) to protect, conserve and sustain the environment of the State.

“As a way of setting the agenda for the future, there is likely to be a growing population needing more food and water, dwindling water supply and land being lost to desertification.

“Farmers will need to move their cattle and livestock in search of food and water, conflicts and security breaches will arise from cattle and livestock trespassing on other people’s land and sometimes damaging food crops. More people will be using smart phones, tweeting, texting and communicating,” he said.

Governor Fashola further stressed that the developments would create a steady and persistent demand for energy to keep the phones and devices functional.

Also predicting the possibility of more people being displaced by flood among many other future problems across the globe, Governor Fashola, however, said that  the picture was not altogether a grim and hopeless one.

The environment could still be sustained by those who dared to reach for the available measures, he said.

According to the Governor, work has also commenced on a flagship waste water and sewage treatment plant at Odo – Iya Alaro in Ojota, which would define the future of waste water and sewage treatment in Lagos.

Governor Fashola added: “As for the future, I have no fear. The environment in Lagos will remain protected and sustainable”.

The Governor however  said that the Eko Atlantic City Project, the new wall of Lagos on the Atlantic, was already achieving its objective of protecting Lagos from flooding even before the city was fully built.

Although, the State has witnessed waves as high as seven metres, “the wall and the project just did their jobs.” he said.

Unknown Traffic Controllers Invade Lagos

LASTMA officialsPolice in Lagos have intercepted a group of people posing as traffic officials on Lagos roads.

According to a statement by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, the group, numbering about 35, dressed in grey and black uniforms, stormed Lagos roads like Ojota, Toll Gate and Ikorodu Road at about 7a.m., causing confusion on the roads in their attempt to take over the job of LASTMA.

The statement read: “The unknown people, whose intention could not be easily ascertained, were seen positioned in strategic locations where they engaged LASTMA officials who challenged them in arguments, claiming that they were sent to take over Federal Roads.

“They took Lagosians by surprise and instilled fear in a lot of people who were going to their offices early, as many could not explain their mission in the areas noted for being peaceful and hitch-free.”

Ibirogba further revealed that it took the intervention of the Police from the Lagos Command, to get them off the road and return normalcy on the roads after about four hours of causing confusion, attempting to fight LASTMA and generally disturbing the peace of the areas.

In view of this, the Lagos State Government has appealed to the public to remain calm and go about their normal duties, no matter any form of provocation or intimidation.

The Government also asked Lagos residents to be more security conscious and report cases of strange movements to the Police, making use of the emergency numbers – 767 or 121 to abate or avert trouble.