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THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE PARTIAL CLOSURE: Lagos CBD Plans Towards Seamless Traffic Flow

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Central Business Districts, Mr. Olarenwaju Olugbenga Oyerinde has expressed the need for all government agencies and security operatives to harmonise and synergise their operations in the Lagos Central Business District towards a seamless traffic situation. Speaking at a meeting of government enforcement agencies operating within the Lagos Island Business District enclaves held on Thursday at the CBD operational office on Lagos Island, the Special Adviser said that all government agencies including the Police, LASTMA, Neighborhood Watch, KAI and CBD operatives must be fully ready to ensure that hitches and other security challenges associated with the partial closure of the Third Mainland bridge and the high influx of shoppers and traders into the island, especially for Sallah shopping are curtailed and well managed. He disclosed that bottleneck areas and flash-points within the business district have been identified and will be manned by enforcement officers and security operatives to ensure that traffic and environment issues are well managed.

Oyerinde further stated that CBD, in conjunction with other government agencies, will form a committee that will embark on massive joint patrol of the district enclaves during the period to ensure that traffic, waste management and security challenges are addressed. The Special Adviser said a series of meetings on ensuring seamless traffic situation within the Island Business District have also being held with the leadership of the Lagos Island Branches of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) through its caretaker committee, noting that they have expressed readiness to work with the government to ensure free traffic flow during the period of partial closure and beyond. He, however, decried the untoward attitude of shoppers parking vehicles on the bridges and roads, as well as commercial vehicles dropping and picking passengers in unauthorised places, warning that vehicles impounded during the critical period of the partial closures will not be released.



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