Residents, motorists and other road users will face a potentially gruelling time as President Muhammadu Buhari visits Lagos today, Thursday June 10, 2021.
1st News reports that the president is set to commission the much-awaited Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line project in Lagos.
This was contained in a statement issued by Bashir Ahmad on his Facebook page.
‘‘President Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow (Thursday), commission the 156km Lagos—Ibadan standard gauge railway line in Lagos; the first double-track standard gauge rail in West Africa, and the first Nigerian railway line to be started and completed by the same administration, since 1960,’’ the statement began.
“Construction started in March 2017, and test-running commenced in December 2020. The Ebute Metta Station, known as the Mobolaji Johnson Station, is the largest railway station in West Africa; with a holding capacity of 6000 passengers.
“President Buhari is committed to developing a modern national railway network that will connect every part of Nigeria, and promote trade, travel, tourism, commerce and national integration. — Presidency.”
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Consequently, a heavy Police presence is expected in Lagos.
Already, the Inspector-General of Police, Baba Alkali, is said to have led an advance team of senior police officers to Lagos; ahead of the arrival of President Buhari today. The IGP, whose reception at the State Police Headquarters, was disrupted by the rain on Wednesday; is expected to personally oversee the security architecture during the president’s visit.
In addition, the potential heavy traffic in Lagos is expected to be worsened by the cordoning off of some roads where the President’s convoy will pass through on his arrival from the airport; as well as on its way to commission the projects. Moreso, there is an expectation that with the presence of the IGP in Lagos; security will be further heightened in the state, thus contributing to even more severe gridlock.
1st News reports that Lagosians experienced a harrowing experience the last time President Buhari visited the state.
Specifically, Buhari had visited Lagos on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. He had also been in the state to commission some projects during the administration of erstwhile governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. Many residents resorted to trekking long distances as a result of the excessive traffic witnessed.