Lagosians lament as FG plans to shut Third Mainland Bridge for 6 months

For any red blooded Nigerian, the mention of mega city undoubtedly denotes one state in the country, and that is Lagos.

The city of Lagos dating back to the 1960s has been a commercial hub, where Nigeria come to seek the sort of opportunities they may not find in their local community. While few cities in Nigeria share these characteristics, Lagos has been particularly evergreen on economic opportunities, and it often invites a number of issues that derails the very progress one may have migrated to seek.

These issues, if not handled properly, constitutes a nuisance to society and creates problems that rivals the very opportunity people had initially come to find. One of such issues is over population, and the Lagos State Government has outclassed itself in mismanaging this issue. Of course, over population becomes a noticeable problem when the sheer number of people cause a depletion in resources and damage to infrastructure.

For years and years now, this has been the tale of major roads in the city, with a number of roads with faulty portion contributing to the issues of gridlock. This appears to be what Lagosians are bracing up for, following the announcement of the Federal Government; that the Ibrahim Babaginda Bridge popularly known as Third Mainland Bridge, would be shut for maintenance from July 24th for 6 months. Both lanes are expected to be closed one after the other for 3 months each.

The Third Mainland Bridge is Nigeria’s longest bridge and one of three major bridges connecting the Mainland and Lagos Island. With hundreds, and maybe thousands of motorists commuting on the route daily, Twitter reactions are over the roof as many are yet to come to terms with the implications of the closing the bridge to traffic.

 

It also doesn’t help that Lagos as a mega city doesn’t have a concrete transportation network, one that allows for railways, boats, ferries or reliable state taxis. We hope that the larger issues are addressed by the government to ease situations in times like this.

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