Buhari visits, commissions projects in Lagos Jan 24, 24, use of some roads to be restricted


President Muhammadu Buhari will be in Lagos on Monday and Tuesday (January 23 and 24, 2023) for a two-day working visit to commission five projects within the State.

Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso disclosed this to journalists on Friday during a press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Ikeja. He said all hands are on deck by the State Government to ensure a hitch-free event during the two days working visit.

The projects to be inspected and commissioned by President Buhari are; Lekki Deep Sea Port, 32-metric tons per hour Lagos Rice Mill, 18.75-kilometre six-lane rigid-pavement Eleko Junction to Epe Expressway, John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, and Phase One of the iconic Lagos Blue Line rail project, as well as turning of the sod for the second phase of the project.

The two-day trip to Lagos will also see Mr President commissioning a private sector project, MRS Lubricant factory, in Apapa.

Omotoso, who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredericks Oladehinde; Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Engr Aramide Adeyoye; her Tourism, Arts and Culture counterpart, Mr Femi Martins; Managing Director, Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Engr. Abimbola Akinajo, among others, said President Buhari’s visit to Lagos is tagged ‘A Festival of Project Commissioning.’

The Commissioner said the Lagos State Government will welcome Mr. President with “our signature centre of Excellence slogan and put on display our characteristic excellent performances and executions.”

He said: “Although Mr Governor had hosted the President during some of his visits to Lagos, next week’s visit by President Muhammadu Buhari will be one with a difference. It is a visit where Mr President will again see the beauty of Lagos and take the opportunity to see first-hand, the life-changing and people-oriented projects that were conceptualized and completed by the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu administration.

Among other things, Omotoso disclosed that President Buhari during his two-day visit to Lagos, will commission MRS Lubricant factory, a private sector project in Apapa.

“He will depart Apapa for the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History for commissioning and a tour of the Museum. The John Randle Museum, the first of its kind in black Africa, will afford the President the opportunity to interact with art enthusiasts, curators, historians and academia, and students who have been invited to the programme.

“Subsequently, Mr. President will move to the Lagos Blue Line Rail Project in Marina, where different activities have been lined up for him. At the Blue Line Terminal, Mr. President will witness the signing of phase II of the rail project, which begins from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko. He will also commission Phase I and take a train ride from Marina to Mile 2 and back, and depart. Lagos,” he added.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, according to a statement signed by the chief press secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile, said the security personnel will be at strategic places to prevent unforeseen circumstances. He implored residents not to panic due to the influx of security operatives deployed for the presidential visits to the State as provided in developed countries.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said there will be restrictions on some roads, including the Ademola Adetokunbo road on Victoria Island from 6am to 3pm on Tuesday, January 24 and therefore urged motorists going to the Island to make use of the Falomo bridge route. 

Dr Oladeinde also appealed to the motoring public to exercise patience and cooperate with traffic management personnel to ensure free vehicular movement.

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