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Third Mainland Bridge closure: Lagos says alternative routes are in good shape

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The Lagos State Government said it has ensured that the alternative routes are in good shape, to reduce to the barest minimum, the impact of the third mainland bridge closure on motorists.

The government assured Lagosians of safer roads and ease of movement for all road users.

This disclosure was made on Friday by the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde while embarking on a tour of alternative routes provided by the government, due to the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for repairs.

Speaking to news correspondents during the inspection exercise, the Commissioner stated that the tour was part of activities marking his birthday celebrations, stressing that he is appreciative to God for his kindness, as well as using him to render good services to humanity, towards realizing Governor Sanwo-Olu’s vision for an efficient Multimodal Transport System in the State.

Oladeinde expressed satisfaction on the status of some of the alternative routes inspected, such as the Ikorodu Road, Fadeyi, Jibowu, Yaba, Oyingbo, Iddo, and Carter (Idumota) Bridge inward Lagos Island.

He noted that despite heavy torrential rains being experienced across the State, most of the alternative routes are still in good condition, saying that, “Their present status is a confirmation that the rehabilitation works carried out by the State Government on the alternative routes was impactful. The administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had realized from inception that efficient traffic management and transportation are crucial to achieving sustainable economic growth and infrastructural development. This underscores the reason the State Government has continued to invest in providing transport infrastructure across the State.

Oladeinde disclosed further that the Lagos State Government has completed rehabilitation works on Oyingbo/Iddo Terminal, as part of efforts to ensure that commercial motorists get an appropriate place to park their vehicles rather than on the road, which impedes the free flow of traffic in the axis.

He, however, appealed to residents of the State to endure the inconveniences occasioned by the Third Mainland Bridge repair works, promising that the State Government would work tirelessly to ensure ease of movement and safety of commuters, as they go about their businesses and economic activities in Lagos.

The commissioner, while assuring that the rehabilitation works on the bridge is progressing steadily, with the January 2021 deadline for the completion of the project still sacrosanct; he noted that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other traffic enforcement Agencies would continue to ensure compliance with traffic regulations, with a prompt response to impediments and breakdown of vehicles.

Oladehinde assured that his ministry would continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, as well as other relevant government agencies, to ensure that the alternative routes are always in good condition and motorable throughout the duration of the rehabilitation works and beyond.

 

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Governor Obaseki extends ultimatum to fleeing prisoners in Edo state

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has extended the ultimatum he gave to prisoners who escaped in the recent jail breaks recorded in two prison facilities in Edo state he governs.

Obaseki who had initially given the fleeing inmates until Friday October 23 to return, extended the ultimatum by one week.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy Crusoe Osagie, it was was gathered that the decision was taken after a security meeting held with heads of security agencies in the state yesterday October 23.

It read;

“The extension of the ultimatum is as a result of the positive response from the prisoners, as a good number of them have since returned to the two correctional facilities. The new window is to allow more prisoners to return to the centres willingly.

“The governor has reviewed the curfew time in the state to commence from 6pm to 6am daily, as against 4pm to 6am. The adjustment will take effect from Saturday, October 24, 2020. The security situation in the state is seen to be improving and we appreciate Edo people for adhering to government’s directives.”

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FFK slams President Buhari over speech on #EndSARS protest

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over his speech on the widespread #EndSARS protest.

FFK described the President as a ”dictator, a disgrace to humanity and a stench in the nostrils of God for allegedly issuing threats and serving warnings in his speech.”

He added that it is left for the Nigerian peope to either stand down, bow their heads in shame, tuck their tail between their legs and run away or either stand up, hold their heads up high, knuckle down, dig deep and insist on their rights.

The PDP Chieftain tweeted;

Buhari’s speech was an insult to our people, a disgrace to humanity & a stench in the nostrils of God. He is not warm, he is cold. He is not kind, he is cruel. He is not empathetic, he is sociopathic. He is not a President,he is a dictator. He is not a man, he is a monster.

He has issued his threat &served his warning. It is left to the Nig. people to either stand down, bow their heads in shame, tuck their tail between their legs & run away or stand up, hold their heads up high, knuckle down, dig deep, insist on their rights & refuse to budge

The next few days will reveal which choice they have made.

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FG and ASUU disagree on payment platform for N30bn allowances

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The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have again disagreed on the payment platform which will be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30 billion earned allowance of university lecturers.

While the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform at the meeting which ended in a deadlock on Wednesday October 22, ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi reportedly insisted that lecturers would not enrol on the government salary platform.

It is expected that both parties will reconvene on Monday October 26, to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG.

Recall that the federal government had agreed to pay N40 billion, being the pending Earned Academic Allowance of the university teachers overdue since November 2019. N30 billion would be paid on or before November 6, while the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022.

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