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Tinubu’s Presidential Rally Won’t Cause Traffic Gridlock-Lagos Govt

by Kunle Awosiyan

More than 15 years that he exited as the Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s legacies are still speaking louder.

This is going by the estimated crowd that will grace the campaign ground of the All Progressives Congress this Saturday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

No doubt, one of Tinubu’s best legacies is the human infrastructure he built in his eight years as governor of Lagos State, which today has turned out to be his biggest strength.

Over the years, Tinubu’s capacity to organise people, raise people and nurture them to leadership positions has expanded his political network across and beyond the state.

To millions of Lagosians, Saturday’s presidential campaign is a welcome development to rekindle their love for Tinubu and show appreciation for his creation of modern Lagos.

According to the state Coordinator of the Media Committee of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan, 750 people from each of the 55 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas will be mobilised to the campaign field.

Bamigbetan who was a former commissioner for information and strategy in the state explained that every security logistic to ensure a peaceful rally, including traffic and human control had been put in place.

He assured free movement of vehicles and humans as he urged Lagosians to be wary of social media alarmists who might want to use the rally as an excuse to distort traffic report.

Unlike in other states, the traffic situation in Lagos is heavy and with the present political atmosphere, the state government has quickly devised a means to prevent gridlock in the metropolis.

The Lagos State Government announced on Thursday the traffic diversion for the presidential and governorship rallies, which begin from 9.00am and end at 4.00pm.

The state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde said in a statement that the traffic situation around the stadium would be well regulated as he also advised Lagosians to plan their movement around Funsho Williams Avenue and Alhaji Masha areas in Surulere.

He said that there would be series of traffic diversions for safety and security management purposes, adding, “Traffic on Funsho Williams/Western Avenue inward Lagos Island will be diverted to the Express Lanes at Barracks bus stop for people going to Costain, Apapa, Ijora , Victoria Island, Lagos Island, and off to Olumegbon for people going to New Lagos/Surulere areas.

“Traffic on Funsho Williams/Western Avenue inward Surulere/Ojuelegba will be diverted to the Express Lanes/Stadium Bridge at Alaka bus stop for people going to Mushin, Palm groove, Ikeja, Ojota, Ikorodu areas, and off to Bode Thomas and Eric Moore at Iponri Estate for people going to New Lagos/Surulere areas.

According to him, vehicular movement on Alhaji Masha road to Akerele/Shitta junction and Funsho Williams from Olumegbon junction to Alaka will be totally restricted for safety, as only human traffic will be allowed.

Oladeinde explained that vehicles conveying party members and others with accredited stickers for the rally would be provided free parking with access at the National Stadium only via Alaka into the National Stadium stressing that those from Ojuelegba/Mushin/Palmgrove on Funsho Williams will access the National Stadium via U turn at Alaka. Also those from Surulere will access the Stadium via Adeniran Ogunsanya/Bode Thomas/Ogunlana Drive/Alaji Masha to connect Alaka inward the National Stadium.

The Commissioner mentioned that directional signs, tow vehicles, barricades would be made available, he also assured that the Traffic Management Personnel will be on standby to provide assistance and guide motorists/pedestrians during the rallies.

While reiterating that only accredited vehicles, security, emergency and essential services vehicles will be provided privileged access at the diversion points, the Transport Commissioner also commend Lagosians for their patience and understanding. He solicited for residents cooperation with all the Law Enforcement Officials assigned to carry out their respective tasks.

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