The Lagos State Government has announced the night closure of the Iju level crossing for repairs from 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 23 to 6:00 a.m on Monday, May 24.
The state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said in a statement; that the closure was to effect repairs on the damaged rail track caused by an accident involving an articulated vehicle.
According to the statement, the Lagos government needs to effect the repairs on time to prevent accidents of the train running on the track.
The government, however, assured that alternative routes had been provided during the temporary closure.
“Motorists from Abule-Egba can access Iju through Jonathan Coker; Charity to Olayiwola through Puposola to Toyin Level Crossing using Giwa, Oke-Aro. Charity to Abattoir to Okekoto to Pen Cinema Flyover is another option.
“While motorists From Iju Road, Jonathan Coker going to Abule-Egba can navigate their desired destinations; through Ogba College Road to Jonathan Coker, to Abule-Egba, as well as Iju-Ishaga to Toyin Level Crossing to Puposola through Charity, Abule-Egba.
“Motorists from Pen Cinema Flyover can link Tabon-Tabon through Abattoir, Charity to Abule-Egba are available for use. Also, Ijaiye Road to Odo-Eran, by Mobil to Oba Ogunji, Pen Cinema Flyover,” Oladeinde said.
The Lagos commissioner advised motorists to obey the law enforcement officers; deployed to manage traffic flow during the course of the night repairs at the level crossing.
He, however, said that the state government had prioritised the safety of Lagosians and would continue to do so.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, on Friday, May 21; dismissing the allegations made by Governor Hope Uzodinma that he refused to register as an All Progressives Congress member.
He also said the APC stood no chance of winning a single ward in the state under Uzodinma’s watch.
Okorocha made this statement via his spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, who accused the governor of taking delight in dishing out propaganda against him.
The ex-governor was responding to the governor’s claim that he (Okorocha) refused to register as a member of the ruling party.
He said, “The media reported what the Imo State Governor, Chief Hope Uzodinma, told the APC’s appeal committee on the party’s registration and revalidation exercise – that Senator Okorocha refused to be registered as an APC member in Imo State during the exercise.
“This claim could only be laughable to most Nigerians who still remember how APC came to Imo, and indeed, the South-East.
“Okorocha needed to revalidate his membership of APC; and not to register as an APC member. Governor Uzodinma has always delighted in propaganda that doesn’t fly.
“The registration and revalidation exercise didn’t take place anywhere in Imo. It was done at the Nick Banquet Hall at the Government House, Owerri. The governor’s appointees generated fictitious names at the local government level; and took them to the Government House to be enrolled.”