The Lagos State Government has said that there would be no road closures as earlier announced as the state prepares to host President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president is billed to be in the state on Saturday for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign rally at Teslim Balogun Stadum, Surulere.
Briefing journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, the state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, said the earlier statement announcing diversion and road closure had been reviewed, adding that residents were free to go about their businesses.
Mr Lawanson, a member of the transport sub-committee for the Presidential visit and the APC rally, said Lagosians should jettison an earlier announcement by the committee to the effect that there would be road closures.
“Lagosians have been very apprehensive that there will be traffic gridlock and we got a lot of feedbacks that we intend to grind Lagos to a halt. People are apprehensive; they think we are going to shut down Lagos; they think movement would be restricted and they are bracing themselves for what they anticipate would be the hardship that would be visited on them by the president’s visit and our own activities.
“The purpose of this press conference is to clarify that and to state emphatically that there will be from zero to minimal adverse effect of the President’s visit tomorrow. I repeat, there will be between zero to the barest minimum amount of disruptions to the normal movement that Lagosians undertake on a Saturday like tomorrow.
“So, there will not be any road closures in Lagos tomorrow and Lagosians are free to go about their normal businesses tomorrow, Saturday,” Lawanson said.