As residents of Lagos and Ogun States travelling along Lagos –Ibadan expressway continue to groan every day over hectic traffic on the road, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, zone 2, Kayode Aderanti has assured road users of free flow traffic on the road during the yuletide period. Aderanti who was on an inspection tour of the ongoing construction work on the road alongside the Commissioner of Police Ogun State, CP. A. Iliyasu, Operation Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, M.O Olapade, Controller of Works Ogun State, Engr. Popoola Olukayode and many other top security officials said it has become expedient for both agencies of government to synergies to ensure that people who would be travelling to various destinations across Nigeria during this yuletide season do not have any hiccups on the way.
“We are here on the instruction of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris to carry out a comprehensive assessment of all the security challenges on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and to see how the road network was getting ready for use during the Yuletide. “You will recall that in the past few weeks the gridlock on this expressway has resulted to traffic accidents and insecurity. Because of the over 30 million people in Lagos and thousands of vehicles that would be travelling on this road, it is our duty to ensure that people going out of Ogun and Lagos have a smooth and easy ride.”
“We are going to do this in synergy with other relevant state and federal government security agencies such as FRSC and the Federal Ministry of Works. We want to adopt cooperation and togetherness to solve this problem. The police will provide adequate security to both the contractors and the FRSC and would ensure that our men are deployed in a way that anybody driving through this way will feel safe.“We would provide the kind of security that even the contractors would be willing to work in the night.”
The AIG also visited Julius Berger Construction Company Plc and R.C.C, the companies handling the project. There the Health and Safety Manager of Julius Berger, Mr. Philip Geddes said the Lagos-Ibadan and Sagamu Interchange would be opened in the next two weeks. According to him: “The company was working tirelessly to ensure that the roads and the bridge were ready for use by the public before Yuletide. We are constantly working to ensure this happens. We have towed vehicles and we have security agents on ground to ensure all these are possible,’’ he said.