- The Lagos state government says it is expecting President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, April 24
- The state government announces that Buhari will use the visit to commission some projects carried out by the administration of Akinwunmi Ambode
- The government also announces roads that would be closed during the visit of the president
The Lagos state government announced on Tuesday, April 23, that preparations are on top gear to host President Muhammadu Buhari on his official visit to the state on Wednesday, April 24.
This is the first time the Buhari will visit Lagos state since he was announced winner of the 2019 presidential election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government made the announcement in a statement issued by the state ministry of information and strategy.
The statement said during the one-day working visit, a number of state projects would be commissioned by the president.
“The projects to be commissioned include the rehabilitated 10-lane Oshodi/Murtala Muhammed International Airport road, and the 170-Bed ‘Ayinke House’ (Maternity Hospital) at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja.
“Other projects to be commissioned include the Lagos state Theatre at Oregun in Ikeja, new 820 mass transit buses and the multi-level Oshodi Transport Interchange on the Apapa-Oshodi expressway,” the statement said.
It added that Buhari would be in Lagos between 9am and 3pm during which traffic on some routes would be diverted in order to ensure a free flow of traffic.
The government listed routes to be affected by traffic control to include the Mobolaji Bank-Anthony Way (coming from the presidential wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport to LASUTH under bridge); Kodesoh Road; Obafemi Awolowo Way; Kudirat Abiola Way and Ikorodu Road (between the Ojota intersection and Anthony interchange).
Other routes to be affected are the Oworonshoki-Apapa Expressway (between Anthony and Oshodi transport interchange) and the international airport road through the local wing of the airport to Mobolaji Bank-Anthony way and back to the Obafemi Awolowo way.
“Roads highlighted above shall only be cordoned-off when necessary, Obafemi Awolowo Way and portions of Mobolaji Bank-Anthony shall be closed to traffic on three occasions within the specified period, as they are central to the president’s itinerary,” the statement said.
The government advised motorists to avoid the listed roads where necessary and make use of alternative routes of their choice.
The government also pleaded with residents and motorists for patience and understanding during the president’s visit.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) on Monday, April 22, described the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state as an achiever and administrator per excellence who would be greatly missed by the residents.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the assessment was made by Alex Omotehinse, chairman of the Lagos state branch of the CDHR, who said that Ambode’s achievements were numerous for any resident to gloss over or forget soon.
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