Lagos Government To Shut Down Roads For 13 Hours (See Why)

The Lagos State Government has announced the closure of roads leading to Marina to facilitate the movement of people that would attend the funeral service of the late former head of Interim Government, Ernest Shonekan.

In a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, the road users are advised to ply the alternative routes to their destinations.

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The state government under the leadership of Governor Sanwo Olu who declared that the roads shut down for 13 hours urged the road users to use the outer Marina road near the Oando filling station axis where they could further link their destinations.

Africa Investigative Magazine learned that the locked down of the roads will commence from 5.00am on Friday, 4th February 2022 to be reopened for access by 6.00pm the same day.

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The commissioner of transport noted that the road users who cannot do without the affected roads may ply the JK Randle street through Force Road and connect the  Broad Street to continue their journey as Inner Marina Road/Odunlami Street from Outer Marina Road will be shut down.

The statement said, “motorists descending CMS Bridge to Cathedral Church would be temporarily diverted to UBA roundabout and Apongbon axis for onward navigation to other inner parts of Lagos Island for easy access to their destinations.

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“The security and law enforcement agencies have been placed on standby for onward deployment to all strategic junctions/intersections as well as black spots to prevent any delays.

“Efforts would be intensified to ensure that during the period when the roads are locked down, security of lives and property both along the routes leading to the venue and alternative routes highlighted were patrolled extensively.

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“Extending the appreciation of Mr. Governor to the citizenry for their patience and understanding, the State Government sincerely appeals to the citizenry for any inconvenience the diversion may cause,” Oladeinde stated.

Ernest Shonekan who was born on May 9, 1936, in Lagos State, was the interim head of the Nigerian Government before he was pushed out in a coup headed by the late General Sani Abacha in 1993.

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After he was ousted, he established Nigerian Economic Summit Group, an advocacy group and think-tank for private sector-led development of the Nigerian economy

Shonekan was a British-trained lawyer, industrialist, and former Chief Executive of the United African Company of Nigeria Plc (UAC) before he was appointed as Interim President of Nigeria by General Ibrahim Babangida in 1993.

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