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LASG Proffers Alternate Routes, Promises Ease of Traffic
The Lagos State Government has called on residents in the state to obey traffic rules and directional signs to ease the effect of the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge, scheduled for the 23rd of August to the 26th of August, 2018.
The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing will commence a three-day investigative maintenance test on the frequently used bridge. In preparation for the inevitable traffic gridlock that will hit the city, LASG has said traffic management agencies including the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, and the Police will be deployed on the roads to help ease the flow of traffic.
The three-day closure, according to the Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya, would enable the contractors to assess the true state of the bridge after which works would commence by the end of the year or early in 2019.
He also urged motorists from Lagos Abeokuta, Agege, Ogba and Ikeja to make use of Oshodi via Mushin Ojuelegba to connect Carter Bridge into Island, while those from Ikorodu, Maryland are to make use of Funsho Williams Avenue, formerly, Western Avenue via Yaba to Oyinbo and connect Eko Bridge into Island. Motorists from Okokomaiko, Festac, Oshodi-Apapa Expressway are enjoined to ply through Ajegunle via Marine Bridge to Ijora to connect Carter Bridge to Apongbon into Lagos Island. Conversely, motorists from the Island are expected to ply Eko Bridge and Carter Bridge into Mainland, while those in Lekki Ajah can also make use of Epe axis through Imota into Ikorodu.
Similarly, the Lagos State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr Hyginus Omeje, while appealing for understanding and cooperation from motorists and road users, said the corps would deploy over 1,000 men with other various operational vehicles and motorbikes to provide assistance to motorists.
International Community Supports Buhari’s Second Term Bid, Onyeama Says
According to Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the international community has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid for a second term.
He made this information public yesterday, 22nd August at Awgu in Enugu State during the donation of vehicles by Enugu West Peoples Assembly in support of President Buhari’s 2019 presidential election campaign. Onyeama’s statement has now voided the news making rounds that the International community was against Buhari’s second term run.
Onyeama said: “The international community is very supportive of President Buhari. As you can see President Buhari has transformed our relationship with foreign countries and also the perception of Nigeria by foreign leaders. An evidence of that is the rate and number of high-level foreign leaders that are coming to Nigeria. Next week, for instance, which is very unusual for any country, we are having the UK Prime Minister and two days later will be the visit of the German Chancellor. This shows what they feel about President Buhari; that Nigeria is now a country they want to do business with.”
Saraki Confident PDP Will Win Presidential Elections Come 2019
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday, 23rd August while in Ilorin with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members declared that the party will win the 2019 presidential elections.
He also expressed his confidence that his new party would emerge victorious in all the local government areas of Kwara State.
Mr Saraki said that the victory of PDP at both federal and state levels would be beneficial to all the members in the state.
“If we emerge victorious at the federal level, all of us will be the beneficiaries. In the state, with your support we will win the state for PDP. All of you here are the key players in Kwara politics. With unity of purpose, no party can contest with you. We are here to unite all of us under the party we belong to today. I am assuring all members that there will be equity, internal democracy and justice.”
“It is not going to be winners take all. As far as I am concerned, everybody here today belong to our political structure. There is nothing like old or new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). We have all become one PDP. I want all of us to be united for the progress and development of Kwara State. As par the politics of the state, nobody can wrest the power from us I if we are united. By the grace of God we will emerge victorious both at the federal and state levels. We will ensure that we work as one party because we have always worked together before. We will see that all the wards and local governments’ popular candidates emerge based on their popularity and acceptability,” Saraki said.
He added, “I don’t have any anointed candidate at all levels. I don’t have candidates for the state Assembly, National Assembly. It is the person you want in your constituency that I will okay. Don’t allow anybody to deceive you that I have endorsed any candidate,” he said.
“All of us will collectively choose who becomes the next governor. We will ensure that there is no faction, but one PDP. We will ensure that meetings in the local government areas take place in one venue. And we will all work together for the interest of the party,” he said.
“I am sure many more will come back and join us because those that left under the wrong assumption that it will be different from what it used to be. They were misled that those coming are out to move them away. Nobody is moving you away because this place belongs to you too. Let us go back and start work closely together and by the grace of God we will all be victorious,” the Senate President said.
3 Burnt to Death, 5 Injured in Kogi Road Accident
Three people were burnt to death and five others injured in an accident on the Zariagi-Lokoja highway in Kogi. The Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Bisi Kazeem, who confirmed the development, said the incident occurred early on Thursday.
He explained that nine people and three vehicles–Toyota Carina, Scania Truck and Mack Tanker–were involved in the accident. Kazeem said that one person escaped the accident, which he blamed on over-speeding unhurt.
“The deceased was burnt alongside the vehicles, while the injured were taken to the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja.”
He said that an FRSC rescue team, which arrived at the scene after the accident had embarked on removing the wreckage from the road. The Okene-Lokoja-Abuja highway is classified among the deadliest road corridors in Nigeria.
Man Begins Trek from Lagos to Abuja in Protest of Buhari’s Administration
A man, Isa Mohammed Munlaila, who is not satisfied with President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 presidential ambition has started a trek from Lagos to Abuja.
The man carried a small box on his head, with the inscription: “R.I.P APC.” The man speaking with newsmen in Lagos said the youths are angry with Buhari. He also said Nigerians are suffering and the standard of living had gone up, adding that the president had failed to fulfil his promises to the people.