FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi (Centre) and Mr Popoola Olukayode, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, during a supervising visit to the ongoing rehabilitation of the Third Mainland Bridge on Tuesday.
Lagos, Aug. 4 Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says 75 per cent of the vehicles plying the Third Mainland Bridge will still be captured in spite of its partial closure.
Oyeyemi made the clarification on Tuesday during his working visit to the bridge to observe traffic situation and ascertain the level of work at the site.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that rehabilitation work on the bridge, which began on July 24, is expected to end on Jan. 24, 2021.
According to him, 75 per cent of the traffic on the bridge will still be captured.
“Only 25 per cent will be directed to the alternative routes during the period of surface rehabilitation works on the bridge.
“The maintenance work, which is being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, is divided into two phases with each phase lasting for three months.
“The phase one is dedicated to repairs of the outward Oworonshoki bound lane of the bridge, while the second phase will focus on the Lagos Island bound carriageway,” the corps marshal said.
He said that the length of space under rehabilitation was 3.6 kilometres between Adeniji Adele and Adekunle routes out of the total length of the bridge, put at 11.8 kilometres.
Oyeyemi added that the 11.8 kilometres long Third Mainland Bridge was a critical corridor connecting Mainland and Island.
He said that the corridor carried the average daily traffic between Lagos Mainland and Island with 60,000 vehicles inward bound Island at peak period and 20,000 outward with 250 personnel on ground to direct the traffic 24 hours.
“The corps has deployed 250 personnel, 200 Marshals and 50 officers together with 15 patrol vehicles, two heavy trucks, two light trucks, two Ambulance and two motor bikes to control traffic.
“The identified locations for personnel fortification include: Stadium, Costain Roundabout, Iponri, Surulere, Eko Bridge Apongbon Alaska end, Oyingbo, Carter bridge, CMS Bus Stop and Iddo,” Oyeyemi said.
The corps marshal, however, appreciated the other security agencies, like Police, Civil Defence Corps and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) for their collaborations in ensuring adequate security on the bridge.
In his remarks, Mr Popoola Olukayode, the Federal Controller of Works in Charge of Lagos State, said the contractor had been working progressively to ensure that the work was completed as scheduled.
“As we speak, work is ongoing at the six expansion joints that we are going to replace.
“The contractor is now cutting the steel so that they can be able to pull it out of the joint where it is being buried.
“So, after that one, we are going to replace the expansion joint one after the other and the work is progressing steadily.
“After the three months, we will shift to the other lane, and we are assuring Lagos residents that we are not going to extend the six months period that we will use to carry out the rehabilitation,” Olukayode said.
He said there were about 10 engineers supervising the project to ensure the work was done perfectly.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN) https://nnn.ng/75-of-vehicles-plying-3rd-mainland-bridge-ll-still-be-captured-frsc/
Ember month: FRSC sensitise motorists on traffic rules in Kano
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Monday commenced sensitisation of motorist on traffic rules and regulations across the Kano State to ensure crash-free Ember Months.
A statement by the Command’s Public Education Officer, Kabiru Ibrahim issued in Kano, said Sector Commander, Mr Zubairu Mato was currently on a working tour to FRSC units in the state to prepare personnel to ensure crash-free Ember Months.
The statement noted that the public sensitisation campaigns held in motor parks, religious places, markets, media and other public fora has been intensified and would be sustained within the period.
“We will focus on critical offences such as speed limit violations, overloading and social distancing in vehicles, tyre violations, dangerous driving, light signs, wipers, use of phone while driving, seat belt, route and lane violations among others.
“The patrol and rescue operations has been intensified in the State as part of proactive measures aimed at ensuring safer motoring environment during the Ember months and beyond, “Ibrahim added.
It said that, the sector commander enjoined FRSC staff to eschew all vices capable of tarnishing the image of the Corps and urged them to be conscious of their personal health status so as to avoid life threatening ailments, among other issues.
“The Sector Commander, therefore, call on all stakeholders in transportation in the State to cooperate with FRSC on its enormous task of minimising road traffic crashes in the State.”
The statement urged the general public to report crashes and road obstructions to the nearest FRSC Command in the State for prompt response, to ensure hitch free ember month.
It added that in case of emergency, the Command’s ambulances, tow truck, rescue team are on 24 hours standby.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Maharazu Ahmed
2 men in court over alleged theft of N18.6m of roofing sheets
Two men – Sunday Ugwoke, 24 and Auwal Suleiman, 35 – were on Monday arraigned in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged theft of roofing sheets worth N18.6 million.
The accused who reside in the Apapa area of Lagos were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and theft.
The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendants committed the offence in July between 2.00p.m. and 7.00p.m. in Apapa, Lagos.
Ajayi alleged that the defendants who worked on Wharf Road, Apapa, stole the 20ft container of roofing sheets belonging to Mr Chidi Adiligwo, their employer.
She said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 411 and 287(5)(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 287(5)(b) of the law stipulates seven-year jail term for offenders.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, A.O. Ajibade, admitted them to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
She said one of the sureties each must own a landed property and adjourned the case until Oct. 10, for hearing.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ejike Obeta
Environmentalist harps on mitigation of climate change effects
An environmentalist, Mr Adewole Taiwo, on Monday listed tree planting, use of alternative energy sources, and proper waste sorting as some strategies to mitigate climate change effects.
Taiwo, a Director at Recyclepoints, made the recommendations in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
He said it was imperative for Nigerians to clean up their environment and address climate change issues with more commitment.
“We must all take responsibility for our immediate environment, clear our drainages, bag our waste properly and sort recyclables.
“Some people still do not believe in the impacts of climate change just like some do not believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is real.
“However, the impacts of climate change are getting more glaring every day, for example the flooding we currently experience can testify that climate change is real and we need to carry out more awareness about it.
“The major challenge in sensitising Nigerians on the negative impacts of climate change effects has to do with lack of information, education and proper enlightenment among the people,” he said.
Taiwo urged Nigerians to practice sustainable lifestyles and habits to help curb the negative realities of climate change effects in the country.
He also encouraged the imitation and replication of developed countries strategies of mitigating climate change effects in their environment.
“To mitigate climate change effects, we can start by reducing our carbon footprint generation by making use of alternative sources of energy and fuel.
“We can also reduce the emission of green house gases into the environment when we live sustainably by walking where necessary instead of riding a car or vehicle.
“We need to plant more trees and reduce waste generation to curb the increasing greenhouse gas emission into the environment.
“We are imitating more developed countries in adoption of their strategies to mitigate climate change effects by observing some of these international events, already we have so many organisations that are now into renewable energy.
“We commend the German delegation in Nigeria doing everything possible to promote renewable and alternative energy sources in the country.
“We also have many non-government organisations embarking on tree planting and clean up with support from these developed countries,” Taiwo said.
According to the environmentalist, the government at all levels can play a vital role in curbing climate change impacts on the environment through policy implementation.
“We have lots of environmental policies out there but the problem has to do with government implementation.
“An important point to note here is that the world’s worst polluters are human beings and not plastics,” he said.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
Police arraign 2 over alleged unlawful possession of firearm
The police on Monday arraigned two persons – Joseph Adole and Samuel Ikoji – both aged 24, before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged unlawful possession of a gun and ammunition.
The defendants, whose addresses were not stated, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition.
They, however, pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, ASP Kehinde Ajayi, told the court that the defendants conspired to commit the offences on July 26, at 2.40p.m. at Odonia in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Ajayi said that the defendants possessed a pistol and ammunition without a licence, adding that they could not give a satisfactory account of them.
She said that the offences contravened Sections 330(d) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Section 330(d) provides for seven years jail term for unlawful possession of arms and ammunition.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Ajibade, granted each of the defendants bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
She directed that one of their respective sureties must be a blood relation.
Ajibade adjourned the case until Oct. 15 for substantive hearing.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Ijeoma Popoola