The Lagos State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to postpone planned the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge
The appeal was made on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan.
It said that the closure would further worsen the terrific traffic situation being experienced by motorists in the state.
According to Bamigbetan, the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing needs to consider shifting the proposed closure dates for the Third Mainland Bridge to a latter date to avoid compounding the situation.
He said the Ikorodu Road and adjoining roads would not be adequate to cope if Third Mainland Bridge was shut for repairs at a time that Apapa-Oshodi express road and others leading in and out of the ports were experiencing an unusual traffic situation
“It is indeed pathetic that private firms seeking to make profit from legitimate commerce would continue to subject the citizens of Lagos State to horrendous pains inspite of the provision of holding bays for their trucks and tankers until it is their turn to pick goods at the ports.”
The Commissioner, in his speech said he was deeply concerned about the horrific traffic situation which was caused by trucks and articulated vehicles along the Apapa vehicular corridor.
The government blamed the owners and drivers of tankers and trucks, noting that they are obstinate to fully comply with the subsisting directive that restricts their movement within the State,