By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos State Government has announced traffic diversion for the upcoming All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential and Gubernatorial rallies scheduled to hold on Saturday, 26th November 2022 at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos from 9.00 am to 4.00pm.
The AP4.00 pmesidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima will be at the stadium for the mega rally.
Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde made this known on Wednesday through a statement released by the ministry, advising Lagosians to plan their movement around Teslim Balogun Stadium, Funsho Williams Avenue and Alhaji Masha areas in Surulere.
He warned that human and vehicular movement around the affected areas would be regulated as there would be series of traffic diversions for safety and security management purposes.
Oladeinde stated that traffic on Funsho Williams/Western Avenue inward Lagos Island would be diverted to the Express Lanes at Barracks Bus Stop for people going to Costain, Apapa, Ijora, Victoria Island, Lagos Island, and off to Olumegbon for people going to New Lagos/Surulere areas.
Explaining further, the commissioner said traffic on Funsho Williams/Western Avenue inward Surulere/Ojuelegba will be diverted to the Express Lanes/Stadium Bridge at Alaka bus stop for people going to Mushin, Palm groove, Ikeja, Ojota, Ikorodu areas, and off to Bode Thomas and Eric Moore at Iponri Estate for people going to New Lagos/Surulere areas.
He added that vehicular movement on Alhaji Masha road to Akerele/Shitta junction and Funsho Williams from Olumegbon junction to Alaka would be totally restricted for safety, as only human traffic would be allowed.
Oladeinde further explained that vehicles conveying party members and others with accredited stickers for the rally would be provided free parking with access at the National Stadium only via Alaka to the National Stadium stressing that those from Ojuelegba/Mushin/Palmgrove on Funsho Williams will access the National Stadium via U-turn at Alaka. Also those from Surulere will access the Stadium via Adeniran Ogunsanya/Bode Thomas/Ogunlana Drive/Alaji Masha to connect Alaka inward the National Stadium.
Oladeinde, who stated that directional signs, tow vehicles, barricades would be made available, also assured that the traffic management personnel will be on standby to provide assistance and guide motorists/pedestrians during the rallies.
While reiterating that only accredited vehicles, security, emergency and essential services vehicles will be provided privileged access at the diversion points, Oladeinde, solicited for residents cooperation with all the law enforcement officials assigned to carry out their respective tasks.
The commissioner, in anticipation, expressed gratitude to residents for their patience and understanding.