Residents of Lagos, especially the Island territory, may face a challenging traffic situation on Thursday, as President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to visit the State.
An indication to what is to be expected emerged when the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) announced on Wednesday the closure Ahmadu Bello Way, from Adeola Odeku intersection to Adetokunbo Ademola by Eko Hotels roundabout.
The announcement by LASTMA was made via a statement titled: “Traffic advisory for Thursday, December 9, 2021″.
Although it was silent on the reasons for the closure, sources said it may not be unconnected with President Muhammadu Buhari’s expected visit to Lagos on Thursday for the book launch of elder statesman and a former interim chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande.
The agency also suggested alternative routes for motorists.
The advisory read: “Ahmadu Bello Way, from Adeola Odeku Intersection to Adetokunbo Ademola by Eko Hotels Roundabout will be temporarily closed to traffic and traffic diverted to Adeola Odeku, Akin Adesola to connect desired destination.
“Akin Adesola connecting Ahmadu Bello Way by IMB will be temporarily closed to traffic and traffic will be diverted to Oyin Jolayemi, Oko Awo and Sanusi Fafunwa to connect desired destinations.
“From Ozumba Mbadiwe (Civic Centre) to Adetokunbo Ademola to Eko Hotels Roundabout traffic will be temporarily diverted after Eko Hotels Roundabout to
i) Ajose Adeogun,
ii) Sanusi Fafunwa or
iii) back to Civic Centre to connect destination.
“All adjoining streets/feeder roads leading to Ahmadu Bello Way from Adeola Odeku Intersection, as well as those leading to Eko Hotels, from Adetokunbo Ademola Roundabout (Eko Hotels roundabout) will be temporarily closed to traffic from early hours of the day on Thursday 9th December, 2021.
“All alternative routes shall be effectively managed by Security and Law
Enforcement personnel to reduce unnecessary delays.
“We sincerely apologise for all inconveniences and delays but enjoin all road users to cooperate with traffic management personnel so as have a better traffic flow.”
Meanwhile, despite the suggested alternative routes, Lagos residents already know the implication of a presidential visit.
What is certain, several residents said, is that the alternative routes will be jam-packed with vehicles that would have used the blocked roads.
Besides, they argued that the blockage may not be restricted to the roads listed, rather it will start from Ikeja part of the metropolis, where the airport is located.
Therefore, they believe, the traffic snarl would most likely affect the whole metropolis.
Hence several who would ordinarily drive to work, have resolved to commute in public transport.