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​Lagos opens Williams Street to decongest traffic in Marina axis

The Lagos State Government has re-opened Williams Street, beside Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Lagos Island, to ease traffic flow between Broad Street and Marina, and enhance security of life and property.
Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Central Business District (CBD), Mr. Agboola Dabiri, stated this while supervising the removal of barricades and shanties erected on the road over 10 years ago.
Dabiri said the government received complaints from residents and commuters about the inconveniences and security threats the continued closure of the road had posed to them.
He explained that the CBN closed the road, which serves as a link between Broad Street and Marina, over 10 years ago, during extension work on its building by Julius Berger PLC. It failed to reopen it to traffic  after completion of the work.
According to Dabiri, the closed street became an escape route for robbers and posed a security threat to residents and business operators in the area.
“We receive complaints everyday on robbery incidents and the inconveniences the closed road had constituted. Opening of the road will ease traffic flow in the axis. Similar opening of roads was done at Idumota Flyover Bridge, constructed in 1978 and used only for seven months, before it was closed and taken over by miscreants and street urchins.
“The road which is helping to decongest traffic along that axis was recently renovated and opened up by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode,” the Special Adviser said.
Dabiri said there had been situations whereby fire fighters and the police were prevented from getting to emergency scenes on time due to locked street gates and barricades as well as instances where taking patients with emergency medical conditions to hospital were equally frustrated.
Dabiri condemned the locking of gates at several places on the CBD. He said such practices cause much inconveniences to residents who have to walk round to get to the main road.
Some gates, he added, were deliberately locked or barricaded to prevent others from using the roads, thereby aggravating traffic situations especially in areas where such roads are meant to serve as thoroughfares or alternative link routes.

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