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Lagos to shut down for 9-hrs as Buhari visits Jan. 23

Ayodele Olalere

President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Monday, January 23 and Tuesday 24, pay a two-day working visit to Lagos to commission five projects built by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.

The visit will see part of Lagos State, especially the Victoria Island shutdown for nine hours between 6am and 3pm on the second day of the visit.

At a briefing held on Friday at Bagauda Kaltho Press Center, Alausa to announce activities lined up for the visit which had been tagged ‘Festival of Project Commissioning’, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, said the visit will be Mr. President’s first official visit to Lagos State since assumption of office by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat in May 2019.

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Omotoso said on Monday,  the President would be received at the  Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammad Airport by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and some top dignitaries, adding the ceremony  will include cultural display, presentation of bouquet and inspection of guard of honour by the President.

He added the President will be led by the governor to Lekki Deep Sea Port for the official commissioning and tour of the port, after which the President is expected to drive through and commission the newly constructed Eleko Junction to Epe road project before departing in an helicopter to the Lagos Rice Mill in Imota to commission the rice mill.

On the evening of Monday 23rd, the President will be hosted to a  state banquet at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.

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On Tuesday, the President will commission the MRS Lubricant factory,  Apapa from where he will visit the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History for commissioning and a tour of the museum.

Last to be commissioned by the President on the second day will be the Blue Line Rail Project in Marina,

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At the Blue Line Terminal, the commissioner said the  President will witness the signing of the phase II of the rail project, which is beginning from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko. He will also take a train ride from Marina to Mile 2 and back from where he will  depart. Lagos.

He added all plans have been made for wide media coverage of the visit as the Media and Communication team have begun media accreditation for the event.

He further said the  events would be broadcast live across several television and radio stations, and would also be streamed live on different social media platforms.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Frederick Oladehinde said while vehicular movement would be restricted on the first day in some areas, places like Adetokunbo Ademola, Akin Adesola and Ahmadu Bello roads on Victoria Island will be completely closed the second day from 6am to 3pm, adding motorists can make use of the Falomo bridge to navigate to their destinations.

He urged Lagosians to bear with the state government for any inconveniences within the hours.