#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.

Traffic Congestion: Lagos To Construct Multi-Layer Car Parks

The Lagos State Government has announced plans to construct multilayer car parks in strategic locations across the State within the next 12 months.

This construction is part of the traffic management reforms of the state government aimed at ensuring seamless connectivity and decongesting traffic in the state.

Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Ade Akinsanya, who said this on Wednesday added that the multilayer car parks would be constructed across the state within the next 12 months.

Akinsanya said that the State Government is open to partnership with interested investors willing to collaborate with government on the project.

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He said the move to construct the multilayer car parks was a prelude to the enactment of revised Parking Authority Law, all in a bid to rid the State of indiscriminate parking on the roads which in turn contribute in no small measure to traffic gridlock.

“The Lagos State Government is desirous to have multilayer car parks across the State in the next 12 months. This is in consonance with the government’s proposed traffic management and transport sector reforms and as a prelude to the enactment of the State’s revised Parking Authority Law.

“Consequently, interested investors with either private lands or proposed government land suitable for the construction of multilayer car parks and auxiliary structure are hereby requested to submit proposals for the approval for construction of the car parks in any of the following areas – Ikoyi, Ikeja, Victoria Island, Badore, Ajah, Lekki Phase 1, Ipaja, Yaba, Ikorodu, Mushin, Surulere, Festac Town, Lagos Island and other areas deemed suitable,” Akinsanya said.

Army Begins Inspection Of Exercise Python Dance Checkpoints

Army Begins Inspection Of Exercise Python Dance CheckpointsDeputy Director of Army Public Relations of 82 Division, Enugu, Colonel Sagir Musa and the Commandant of the 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, Colonel Isa Abdullahi, have commenced inspection of activities at different check points of the ‘Exercise Python Dance’.

This is to further strengthen the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the mandate of the latest security operations in the five Southeast states.

It is also aimed at ensuring the various teams are operating within the premise of mandate, as well as ensuring that the exercise yields the desired results.

According to Mr Musa, the effect of the exercise was already manifesting, especially in the area of traffic congestion, as it had been minimized greatly at the Bridge Head axis as well as other border points where the check points of the exercise were planted.

At the boundary between Anambra and Enugu state at Amansea community on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, vehicular movement was equally said to be smooth and uninterrupted.

The check points were well manned by vigilant eyed soldiers who passed the vehicles as they came and at the same time maintained security in the area.

On the arrival of Mr Musa and Mr Abdullahi, to inspect the mode of operation at the point, they expressed satisfaction with the level of compliance of road users.

The mandate of the exercise included but was not limited to checkmating rising waves of crime usually prevalent during the yuletide period, traffic decongestion of major highways, patrol raids, cordon and search, planting of check point and road blocks, show of force and anti-kidnapping drills among other serious violent crimes including herdsmen-farmers clashes.

At the second boundary between Anambra and Enugu state, the soldiers, properly positioned, were seen passing vehicles calmly, while motorists complied with the new set up maximally.

Reduced Gridlock

Moving out of the area, the next port of call was the Bridge Head axis where initially complaints were laid over sudden traffic congestion occasioned by the new check points.

Reacting to that, the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, maintained that the interest of the Nigerian Army was the peace and stability of the country, and in the present exercise, it would be to ensure that the targeted challenges were reduced to barest minimum.

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Musa said, “the Nigerian Army has no other interest except one – to ensure peace, security and stability in all parts of Nigeria.

“Here like we have explained, issues of kidnapping, abduction, herdsmen-farmers clashes, cultism, and even traffic gridlock are the issues and our interest here is to ensure that these security challenges are reduced to the barest minimum.

“You can see vehicles moving left and right, so there is no congestion. In any case, there is not much stop and search operation on the road.

“Soldiers are just by the side of the road watching in case of any need for them to act. They will act professionally and decisively,” he said.

While many commended the efforts of the Nigerian army in the area of security and maintenance of orderliness on the highways brought about by their presence, others still complained of traffic congestion.

In the words of some of the citizens, “police and army are doing well, there is no problem.”

Another commuter said, “it is a welcome development because when the military men are on the road, it makes people feel safe that no thieves will attack them.

“So for me, I think it is a welcome development but I will also want to advise them to be courteous of not causing hold up.”

Musa however noted the complaints and assured citizens of necessary intervention.

Fashola Inspects Traffic Gridlock Points In Mile 2 And Apapa

IMG_9094Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on Sunday July 6, inspected the traffic congestion points at the Mile 2 under bridge of the Lagos–Badagry Expressway and Creek Road in Apapa.

For weeks, residents of the areas have complained to the Government over the pains of obstruction and traffic congestion on the roads, which have been caused by the combination of continuous trading on the road, dumping of refuse in the drainage and fuel tankers who are seeking to load fuel from the tank farms in the area.

In his reply to questions from newsmen after the inspection of Creek Road, which has been taken over by the fuel tankers, Fashola said that Government was prepared to wait for a week, as promised by the operators, to organize the parking of their tankers in a way that traffic could move on the road.

Fashola also said that owners of the oil companies that have tank farms in Apapa would visit the area in the course of the week as a group “to see for themselves how they make profit and the cost of that profit on ordinary citizens”.

At the Mile 2 stopover, the Governor identified the main cause of the Mile 2 problem to be the undergoing expansion of the road which contractors have to work on while people use the road.

He noted that it would have been easier for Government to shut down the road for 2 months while work was going on, but this was not possible. “So this is part of what causes the inconvenience, we have to build while citizens use the roads”, he explained.

He, however, appealed to the citizens and residents not to contribute to the problem by trading on the road but to restrain themselves by doing things the proper way and to also bear with the Government over the inconveniences they suffer.

He assured the people that some of the tanker operators have promised to leave one lane free on Creek Road to allow traffic to move within the area.

Also present at the inspections was the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and his Environment counterpart, Mr. Tunji Bello; the Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Ganiyu Johnson; the Group Chief Executive Officer of Oando PLC, Mr. Wale Tinubu; and the Publisher of Business Day, Mr. Frank Aigbogun.

Members of NUPENG, some residents of Apapa and a representative of the tank farm operators also met the team at Apapa.

Christmas: Travellers Trek To Avoid Asaba-Onitsha Expressway Traffic

As the yuletides season approaches commuters who travelled to the South Eastern part of Nigeria to join their families in celebrating this season are contending with heavy vehicular movements and poor state of the roads.

In this report, Channels Television’s correspondents spoke with some commuters who recount their experiences on the road which is a major gateway to the southwest, including the Enugu-Onitsha Road, the Onitsha-Owerri Road, 9th Mile-Obollo Afor Road, as well as the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.

FG opens Third Mainland Bridge

The Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen on Tuesday officially declared open all sections of the Third Mainland Bridge ready for use.

Mr Onolememen said repair works on eight expansion joints have been completed.

According to the Minister, the repairs were completed 10 days ahead of the scheduled date of November 5.

He said there was no variation in the contract sum of N1, 055,477,608.16.

Motorist and Commuters, who have had to manage diversions and traffic congestions since the repairs started on July 6, will be relieved as more lanes will now be available to them.

The contractor that handled the repairs, Messrs Borini Prono Coy Ltd also confirmed that the work is 100 per cent completed.

Fashola plans to ban us completely, he hates us – Okada union leader

The Chairman of the All Auto bike Commercial Owners and Workers Association of Nigeria (ANACOWA), Aliyu Wamba, on Tuesday said the restriction of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada from some routes in Lagos is a ploy by the State government to out rightly ban that means of transportation.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s morning programme, Sunrise, Mr Wamba said one of the state government requirements for any okada plying designated route is that the motorcycle engine capacity must not be below 200cc.

“If they use the word ‘ban’, it would sound very ugly to the hearing of the masses, the truth is that they have ban okada in Lagos” Mr Wamba said.

When corrected by a host of the programme that the state government only prohibited okada riders from plying 475 routes, the union leader requested permission to elaborate a salient point in the new traffic law.

He said: “there is another clause that says if your motorcycle is below 200cc, you are prohibited from the other routes in Lagos. So which other routes can okadas ply?”

Mr Wamba said all the engine capacity of all the motorcycles in Lagos is below 200cc.

The union leader said the government is taking the steps to ban commercial motorcycles in Lagos because “they hate okada riders”.
The government however insisted that the new law is to bring sanity on the road.

The law prohibits okada riders from carrying pregnant women, school-children or women with children. It also prohibits the riders from carrying more than one passenger and from riding against traffic or riding on the kerb, median or road set- backs.

Furthermore the commercial motorcyclists are prohibited from plying major roads in Lagos including Herbert Macaulay Way, Nurudeen Olowopopo Road, Agidingbi Road, Adeola Odeku, Ajose Adeogun, Allen Avenue, Opebi, Isaac John, Mobolaji Johnson Way, Oduduwa Way, among others.

Sallah: Thousands of passengers stranded as fuel tanker blocks Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Thousands of passengers and motorist plying the Lagos-Ibadan expressway were on Friday stranded for several hours as a tanker carrying petroleum product fell on one part of the road.
The tanker which was laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was reportedly travelling from Lagos towards Ibadan at about 11:30pm on Thursday when it accidentally stumbled and fell blocking the expressway.

Motorist travelling out of Lagos were redirected to a single lane by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, and the police.

An official of the FRSC, who spoke with Channels Television, said a bad portion of the road around the Berger bus stop was the cause of the accident.

Point towards a pothole on the road, the FRSC official said: “There is a pothole there, maybe the driver enter it and couldn’t control and then rammed into the wall that partitioned the road.”

He said security operatives were around to chase anyone that would attempt to scoop fuel from the fallen tanker.

Channels Television correspondence at the scene of the accident reported that most passengers spent hours trekking from the old toll gate to Berger bus stop.

Lagos Assembly threatens total Okada ban

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday threatened to ban commercial motorcycle popularly known as Okada out rightly from the State.

Some Okada riders protesting the ban on them from plying 475 roads in the metropolis.

The Speaker of the House, Adeyemi Ikuforiji made the threat following a report on the destruction of government properties by the protesting Okada riders along Ikorodu road.

The House frowned at the attitude of Okada riders in the metropolis, calling on the state government to further strengthen security agencies to protect lives and property.

Mr Ikuforiji, while reacting to the incident said the House would not hesitate to ban Okada out rightly if the riders continue to destroy government property and constitute nuisance in the State.

Some Okada riders went on the rampage in various parts of Lagos State on Monday to protest the ban on them from plying 475 roads in the metropolis.

At Onipanu, on Ikorodu Road, the protesters vandalised about 10 BRT buses during the violent protest against the Lagos State Government.

Armed with sticks, iron roads and other dangerous weapons, the Okada riders hauled stones at BRT buses on Ikorodu road at Onipanu and Palmgrove bus stops.

There was pandemonium in the area and a team of policemen from the Rapid Response Squad, RRS was deployed to the area to quell the protest.
It was gathered that some arrests were made by the police but the number of arrests is yet to be confirmed.

Similarly, the riders also protested in Ikorodu and Ejigbo areas of the state this morning over the ban on them by government. In Ejigbo, the riders blocked the road, causing traffic jam in the area while they carried leaves and chanted anti-government songs. They rejected the ban placed on them from plying 475 roads in Lagos, saying it would cripple their businesses.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, confirmed the protest, saying the police moved in on time to quell the protest.

Total war on Okada

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has declared a total war on commercial motorcycle riders plying the 475 prohibited routes in the Lagos metropolis.

Speaking at a forum to enlighten military officials in Lagos, the State governor, Babatunde Fashola solicited the assistance of the army in the implementation of the new traffic law.

“The military gave us this democracy, so there must be a continuing partnership to keep it going,” Mr Fashola said.

The governor however insisted that such partnership would happen “only where the rule of law prevails.”

He said: “About the Okada, for me, I understand the economics of the okada. But it also has the social effects. Many fathers have lost their children; many husbands have lost their wives; many children have lost both parents.

“All we are saying is don’t go on the highways. First because we must even understand, Okadas and vehicles are automobiles; they are not toys; they are mechanical devices and therefore for you to even use them you must go and train. That’s why you go to driving school to go and learn; then they certify you.

“Somebody just pulls okada from any parts of the country he likes, gets onto a truck, he’s going to Lagos and then you entrust your life to that man? As if that was not bad enough, he drives against traffic?

Commissioner explains new Lagos traffic law

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye on Tuesday gave a detailed explanation to the reasons why the government drafted the new law regulating traffic in the city.

Mr Ipaye, who was speaking as a guest in Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said that before the law was enacted, the chaotic traffic situation in Lagos posed a threat to people’s health, careers and family life.

Repairs on Third Mainland Bridge begin today

The Minister of State for Works, Bashir Yuguda on Friday said that the repair works on the Third Mainland Bridge which was suspended indefinitely by the Lagos state government will be begin on Friday.

The Minister disclosed this while inaugurating the repair of eight expansion joints on the Third Mainland Bridge.

According to Mr Yuguda, the repair of the longest bridge in Africa will cost N1.055 billion and is being handled by Messrs Borini Prono & Co (Nig.) Limited.

The contract will run from July 6, 2012 to November 5, 2012.

According to the contract papers, the first phase of the replacement of expansion joints will begin on the inward Lagos side between Ebute Meta Interchange and Adeniji Adele. This section will be shut for the duration of the repair work.

The second phase if on the outward Lagos side between Adeniji Adele and Ebute Meta Interchange.