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Buhari’s visit: Ogun state government shut out motorists for 11 eleven hours, provides dilapidated roads as alternative routes

The Ogun State Government will on Thursday denied motorists plying Abeokuta-Kobape-Siun-Sagamu Interchange road, access to Abeokuta for eleven hours, following the scheduled visit of President Muhammed Buhari to the state.

Penpushing reports that, indication to this was contained in a statement titled, ‘Presidential Visit: TRACE Traffic Advisory’, issued by the Public Relations Officer of  Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi on Wednesday

‘His Excellency, Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, will embark on a One Day State Visit to Ogun State to inaugurate multiple landmark projects, executed by Governor Dapo Abiodun (MFR)’, Akinbiyi said.

‘Against this backdrop, the newly reconstructed Abeokuta-Kobape-Siun-Sagamu Interchange will be closed to traffic from 0600hrs (6am) – 1600hrs (4pm), while the Ijebu/Ode-Mojoda-Epe Expressway, will be closed to traffic from 0600hrs (6am) – 1300hrs (1pm)’, the statement added.

‘Similarly, adjoining/feeder highways from Siun-Iperu Remo and vice versa, as well as, Siun-Owode Egba-Ofada-Mowe Ibafo and vice versa along the Abeokuta-Kobape-Siun-Sagamu Interchange will also be closed to traffic’.

Penpushing further reports that, the agency in the statement announced alternative routes for motorists coming to the state capital, while findings, however, showed that, many of the alternative routes are known notorious bad roads within the axis of the state

‘However, while the closure last, the following alternative routes can be considered to and from Abeokuta and Ijebu-Ode depending on your entry point and destination: Abeokuta-Ifo-Sango Iyana/Ipaja-Ikeja and vice versa, Abeokuta-Ajebo Rd-Saapade-Sagamu and vice versa. Abeokuta-Osiele-Odeda-Ibadan and vice versa. Ijebu/Ode-Itoikin-Sagamu and vice versa. Sagamu-Ogijo-Ikorodu and vice versa’.

Penpushing also reports that, Akinbiyi disclosed that, as the President visit lasted security agencies which include Federal Road Safety Corps, Police, Vehicle Inspection Officers and Nigeria Security and Civil, Defence Corps, among others will be strategically positioned along the alternative routes to deter traffic infractions and ensure seamless traffic flow.

Meanwhile, Akinbiyi in the statement said the agency regrets ,any inconveniences the closure may cause the general public, particularly the motoring public, adding that the development is highly regretted please.

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