Gov Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State has appealed to the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola to postpone the closure of the Third Mainland to a latter date..

The bridge will be shut for three days, from July 27 to 29,

This extension is to enable the Lagos State government complete the removal all containerised trucks and tankers parked along Ikorodu Road and Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.

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Ambode had set up a joint operation involving security agencies and stakeholders in the maritime sector to remove these trucks and tankers  along these two routes.

Ambode, who spoke on Tuesday through the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency  (LASEMA),  Adesina Tiamiyu during a stakeholder meeting organized for victims of the June 25 tanker explosion on Otedola Link Bridge, said the appeal became neccessary to avoid compounding the traffic situation in the state.

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He stated that Ikorodu Road and adjoining roads will not be adequate to cope if Third Mainland Bridge is shut for repairs at a time that the road and the Apapa-Oshodi expressway and others leading in and out of the ports are experiencing an unusual traffic snarl.

The governor has also extended the time frame for the operation by another 30 days.

The operation, code name ‘Operation Restore Sanity On Lagos Roads’  began on Friday and was expected to have ended on Monday.

1,000 policemen, 500 officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), 100 officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), 120 officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and 250 personnel of the Nigerian Military including Army, Air Force and the Navy are involved in the operation.

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