The Lagos State Government has declared Thursday, March 29, 2018, as a work-free day in the state.
A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, explained that “the holiday will enable Lagosians to come out en masse to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari” who is on a two-day (Thursday and Friday) visit to the state.
Announcing traffic diversions and alternative routes ahead of Buhari’s visit, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, at a press briefing in Lagos House, Ikeja, said adequate preparations had been made to mitigate the impact of road diversions on residents, while access would be given to any emergency situation.
Imohimi said the President would open the new Ikeja Bus Terminal, attend a colloquium in honour of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and embark on a tour of the Eko Atlantic City, among others.
He said, “To ensure smooth visit, some roads will be closed at certain times; some temporary diversions will be made which might cause a little inconvenience. The road diversions will be very temporary and immediately the President leaves a certain location, that area will be opened very quickly.”
He listed the areas that would be affected to include Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Agege Motor Road, a section of Eko Hotel Road, Victoria Island and Old Marina and Ikoyi.
“We will not want to see commercial motorcycles plying the prohibited routes of Agege Motor Road, Bank Anthony Way and anywhere on the Island. Should that order be disobeyed, we would arrest the riders and the passengers and they will be prosecuted,” the CP said.