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FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by ikorodureporta: 6:54am On Jan 09
The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mr Olukayode Popoola, on Friday advised the public to stay off Airport Road Flyover in Lagos dangerously burnt by fire, pending the determination of its structural safety.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bridge which runs over Toyota Bus Stop on the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway being reconstructed, was engulfed by fire when a petrol tanker burst into flames on Thursday.

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The federal and Lagos State governments on Friday carried out a joint inspection to know the extent of damage to the bridge and adjoining roads.

Leading the state and federal officials, Popoola raised concerns over the safety of the bridge, saying that its structural integrity had yet to be ascertained.

He told NAN during the inspection that samples were being taken from the burnt bridge for analysis to be able to ascertain the level of damage and where to carry out repairs.

Popoola said that 200 meters of the rigid pavement of the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway reconstruction project, being carried by the Dangote Group, was burnt.

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He added that the deck of the flyover was burnt and its pier badly damaged, raising fears of structural instability of the bridge.

The controller said that the bridge was barricaded after the fire because of safety concerns, regretting that the barriers were removed at night.

Popoola warned that there would be risks in using the bridge.

“We are taking some samples to go and analyse before we know the structural stability, but physically, a lot of damage has been done to this pier of the bridge.

“The integrity is already compromised.

“Yesterday the road was barricaded but in the night, some people went and removed the barricade.

“We are advising that members of the public should not take the risk of using this bridge,” he said.

Popoola said that about 200 meters of the bridge deck as well as the pavement of Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway being reconstructed was affected by the inferno.

He added that one of the piers – pillars of the bridge – was badly burnt, making the ministry unsure of the structural integrity and safety of the bridge.

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He said that outcome of tests would ensure appropriate action on the flyover constructed by Julius Berger Plc, as well as the highway under reconstruction by the Dangote Group.

According to the controller, the Federal Highway Act empowers the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to prosecute whoever caused damage to assets of the Federal Government.

“This Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway project is ongoing, and we have not even completed it. Now, due to carelessness of drivers, this fire occurred, and you can see the level of the damage.

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“The pavement that we have spent a lot of money, up to 200 meters – have been affected; that will cost a lot of money,” he said.

Popoola noted that the ministry had been working in collaboration with Lagos State Government to tackle trucks’ menace and other infractions affecting road infrastructure.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, said that the state government, through its Ministry of Transportation, would embark on strict enforcement of road worthiness regulation.

She told NAN that the government’s agents would begin to enter depots and loading bays for petrol tankers to ensure that those not road worthy would not lift petroleum products.

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Adeyoye said that truck accident causing damage to road infrastructure had become recurrent.

“Oftentimes, they claim that the roads are bad. What do you say about this one now that the road is very good, there is no pothole anywhere,” she said.

Adeyoye said that truck accidents were most times caused by reckless driving.

She called for attitudinal change.

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She said that fires caused by tanker accidents had caused much hardship on road users, urging that road unworthy trucks should stop coming into Lagos State.

She said that the support of the Federal Government was important in tackling the ‘hydra-headed monster’.

Mr Cyril Zango, Deputy Corps Commander (Operations), Lagos Sector Command of the Federal Roads Safety Corps, said the offending truck had been impounded.

He said that investigations were on as regards the accident, adding that, if found guilty, the owner and the driver of the tanker would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to other road users.

Zango said that articulated vehicle drivers engaged sharp practices to evade checks.
https://m.guardian.ng/news/fg-warns-public-against-using-lagos-airport-road-flyover/

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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Kosoco(m): 6:59am On Jan 09
Lol lawlessness abound when the right thing is not done ✅

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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Nairalandian(m): 7:03am On Jan 09
Strong head people will still use it
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Dave0116(m): 7:03am On Jan 09
The first sensible decision they'll be making in 5 years....

It's not about saying it sha ooo they should barricade the bridge because lagosians can be stubborn and be fast with whatsoever renovation they plan on doing....

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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Fheelzz(m): 7:03am On Jan 09
Noted
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Beverlyjean(f): 7:04am On Jan 09
Really
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Denzil2020: 7:04am On Jan 09
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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by nonxo007(m): 7:04am On Jan 09
I don't know if it's illiteracy that is our problem or it's just simply stubbornness. A bridge isn't in it's right shape, government barricaded it for our safety and some unscrupulous elements will go at night to remove the barricade, for what reason?

On the second hand could it be that the government didn't provide an alternative means other than the bridge ?
Who knows, both the Nigerian government and the Nigerian people are part of the problems Nigeria is facing.

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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Icyexpressions: 7:04am On Jan 09
Okay, we've heard you.
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by 0taPiaPia(m): 7:04am On Jan 09
Safety first but would they listen
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by baggioni: 7:04am On Jan 09
sad Good job
But most Nigerians are not that sensible and sane to heed this kind of warning.
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by GoodJob527: 7:05am On Jan 09
Nawao
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by 175(m): 7:05am On Jan 09
cheesy grin

We no dey heed those kinds of warning in Nigeria.

Just tell them say Corona Virus traces full the bridge. . .that's all.

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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Jabioro: 7:07am On Jan 09
As we kill one another one is on the rising...Ba se pakan nikan ru....Olaore afote joye!!!
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by kalvoken(m): 7:07am On Jan 09
Damn shit

This very road that has just been finished a minute ago. Imagine how much this fire will weaken the just concluded road.

Problem no dey finish for Nigeria

Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by nwaonyeze001(m): 7:07am On Jan 09
It's well.....

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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:07am On Jan 09
nonxo007:
Why not close it
Na una go still wail and complain if they chose to close it out rightly.
Nigerians sef! undecided

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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by johnjay4u2u(m): 7:08am On Jan 09
Hmmm

I have always asked why the FRSC don't inspect trailers and tankers which are responsible for the greater number of road traffic accidents in Nigeria and focus more on motorcycles and private cars.

You will be traveling,pass a road safety check point and the next thing you see ahead is a petrol tanker leaking fuel still going on the road. This trailer also passed the same road safety check point without a check.


Also, most of the heavy trucks are not road worthy (from petrol tankers, to sand lifters and log of wood carrying trucks) Why can't trailers be prevented from moving within cities during the day time?

Nigeria is just lawless.

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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Stellly02(m): 7:08am On Jan 09
Who in his/her right mind would dare use that bridge with the level of damage caused by the fire?? shocked
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by SUNPETGLOBAL: 7:10am On Jan 09
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Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by kalvoken(m): 7:12am On Jan 09
sad
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by datola: 7:12am On Jan 09
Okay
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by realstars: 7:12am On Jan 09
Lagos And Fire Are Like Palm Wine And Cola Not.
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Deentertainer(m): 7:12am On Jan 09
Ok noted
Re: FG Warns Public Against Using Lagos Airport Road Flyover by Stevengold(m): 7:14am On Jan 09

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