Following the closure of a section of the Eko Bridge for repair, residents of the state are speaking out on the actions of the state government.
While many condemned the closure of the road, some road users blamed the state government from not acting before now.
Recall that the Lagos State Government through the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, announced that after the joint appraisal of a failed section by an Inter-ministerial technical team comprising of officials from the Federal and State Ministries of Works and Infrastructure, Ministry of Transportation, the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, it became necessary to close a section of the bridge to prevent endangering the lives of commuters using the bridge, pending commencement of repairs.
She stated that despite the inconvenience that may arise from the closure, the government resorted to immediate closure to prevent a situation that could lead to loss of lives in the event that the worn-out section of the bridge gives way.
Commenting on the actions of the state, Nigerians took to social media to air their views and opinions on the recent act of the government.
Wura-Gold @Diwura berated the state government for allowing heavy-duty trucks to park on the bridge.
“@followlasg tolerated Trucks and Tankers parked on Eko bridge for years. What dis you expect?”
@Oyemsolomon tweeted: “ I suggest the repair should extend to the end of Eko bridge inward Marina where the metals joining the bridge is disrupting the free flow of traffic and causing serious traffic every day.”
@Tuneri_ questioned why the government is closing the bridge for repairs when it is yet to complete other ongoing road projects.
“Hearing that they locked Eko bridge till May, what exactly is happening in this lagos, have they finished with that Gbagada side?”
@Tosinne said: “Lagos state government thought it wise to close Eko bridge during the week for construction! I swear there’s madness in the oxygen we breathe in this country.”
Some other road users gave travel advice to people going from Lagos Mainland to the Lagos Island.
“I’ve spent 1hr from stadium to Shitta. Journey that is less than 1min. Please if you don’t have business in Surulere, don’t go there o. It’s mad traffic every where cos of Eko bridge closure. Be guided please,” @rmo_designs tweeted.
@twittkode said: “Eko Bridge is on lockdown and it’s going to be a big one on other alternative routes. Leave office early if you don’t wanna sleep in traffic.”
@philipalk said: “Eko Bridge is shut off from Alaka. But you can join via Costain.”
@Orifunke tweeted: “There is traffic everywhere in Lagos this morning. If you’re going to be passing Eko Bridge and you’re driving, go and pass the alternative road through Orile.”
The state government has advised Lagosians heading to Lagos Island from Funsho Williams Avenue through Iponri to Costain, connecting Eko Bridge through the National Theatre entry point to make use of other alternate routes.
“Motorists can also pass from Bode Thomas to Eric Moore Road and connect Abebe Village (Nigerian Breweries) to Costain and link their destination through national Theatre to Eko Bridge”, the travel advisory stated.
Other alternative routes provided are from National Stadium to connect Shitta Roundabout, onward to Adeniran Ogunsanya Road, Bode Thomas, Eric Moore to Abebe Village (Nigerian Breweries) and Costain to link destination through Eko Bridge. Motorists from Ojuelegba are also advised to ply Tejuoso through to Yaba, Murtala Mohammed Way to Oyingbo -Iddo -Otto to Idumota Bridge or Carter Bridge and connect their destination.
“Commuters from Agege Motor Road or Ikorodu Road should drive through Jibowu to connect Herbert Macaulay Way to Adekunle and 3rd Mainland Bridge towards Lagos Island or other destinations”, the statement added.
The Special Adviser appealed to all road users for the abrupt notice but explained that the decision was inevitable to prevent a situation that could compromise the integrity of the bridge and lead to loss of lives and property.
United Nations Development Programme to Work With Nigerian Government to Review Climate Change Policy
The United Nations Development Programme has expressed its commitment to work with the Nigerian government to review its existing policies on climate change in order to mitigate climate effect in the country.
This was advised by the Deputy Resident Represetnative – Programme of UNDP, Lealem Dinku in Abuja at the Inception Workshop on the Nigeria Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Revison and Implementation Planning.
Dinku stated that the government must align itself with the Paris Agreement adding that the UNDP through its Climate Promise commitment will support at least 100 countries enhance their NDCs by 2020.
Dinku said that the UNDP will work with the Ministry of Environment to review its policy.
“Actualising the Climate Promise in Nigeria will be in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Environment building on our ongoing work on climate change which includes (a) Review of the Climate Change Policy and (b) Establishment of regional youth climate change hub. The commitment of Mohamed Yahya, the UNDP Resident Representative is to do more to support Nigeria’s aspiration to lead the charge in Africa on combatting climate change to the benefit of his people.”
Speaking of the NDC workshop, Dinku stated that it is an opportunity to “provide technical support to Nigeria to revise its NDCs through an inclusive and transparent which offers opportunity to engagement with government, academia, civil society organisations and the private sectors and development partners.
“A vital element for a successful enhancement of the NDC is a strong political will and societal ownership at national- and sub-national levels.
“Today’s NDC revision is a demonstration of UNDP’s strong commitments to keeping the Climate promise to Nigeria in recognition of HE President Mohammadu Buhari’s exemplary commitment to tackling the Climate Emergency working with all stakeholders.”