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#POLITICS:Ambode— I'm not closing any road for Buhari's rally

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Following the announcement that rented the air yesterday with notification of roads that would be closed during the (APC) presidential rally on Saturday, the Lagos State Government has re-assured residents that there would be no road closures as earlier circulated .

Briefing journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, the State’s Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson said the earlier statement announcing diversion and road closure had been reassessed , stating that residents were free to go about their daily business routine .

Mr. Lawanson, a member of the transport sub-committee for the Presidential visit and the APC rally, opined that Lagosians should ignore an earlier announcement by the committee declaring road closures.

In his words he said: “Lagosians have been very apprehensive that there will be traffic gridlock and we got a lot of feedbacks that we intend to grind Lagos to a halt. People are apprehensive; they think we are going to shut down Lagos; they think movement would be restricted and they are bracing themselves for what they anticipate would be the hardship that would be visited on them by the president’s visit and our own activities.

“The purpose of this press conference is to clarify that and to state emphatically that there will be from zero to minimal adverse effect of the President’s visit tomorrow. I repeat, there will be between zero to the barest minimum amount of disruptions to the normal movement that Lagosians undertake on a Saturday like tomorrow.

“So, there will not be any road closures in Lagos tomorrow and Lagosians are free to go about their normal businesses tomorrow, Saturday,” Lawanson said.

He further said that adequate arrangement is in place to ensure free flow of traffic, that notwithstanding, but the residents should expect bottled —up security around the roads which the President is to pass through in the course of his visi.

“We would just like to communicate that because we are expecting a high caliber personality no less a person than the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the normal security precautions that attend a visit of this nature should be expected.

“The President would visit Lagos tomorrow with the full retinue of security aides that protect him and his entourage but there will not be any road closures and there will be zero to minimal disruptions of normal activities,” the Commissioner said.

Lawanson, the anchor man of the briefing with Mr. Wale musa, the General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), and the Lagos State Sectorial Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Hyginus Omeje, said there would be huge presence of officials of the police, LASTMA, FRSC and other agencies to ensure smooth run of traffic. 

“Around the venue of the rally which is the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and the adjourning streets are traffic management agencies such as LASTMA, FRSC, Police and other agencies that would support them tomorrow.

“They will handle the traffic management around the venue tomorrow and so people can expect to see a huge presence of our traffic management officers fully on ground to ensure that there is free flow of traffic. We consider it important to clarify this so that we can communicate to Lagosians and give them the assurance that Lagos and especially Surulere would not be on lockdown,” the Commissioner said.

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