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The Lagos State Government has assured residents that there will not be any road closures ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari visit to the state on Saturday.

The State Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, who made this known on Friday, said there will no disruption of normal activities.

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Lawanson, however, urged residents who do not have any business at the Teslim Balogun Stadium axis of the stadium to stay away from the area.

Concise News reports that President Buhari is visiting the state as part of his re-election campaign and will hold a campaign rally in the stadium on Saturday.

The state government had initially announced on Wednesday that some routes will either be fully or partially closed and urged residents to take alternative routes.

It advised market women, residents and transporters to stay away from the axis on Saturday.

Chairman, Sub-Committee on Transportation for the campaign, former Minister of State for Defense, Demola Seriki stated this at a Travel Advisory press briefing he addressed at the Secretariat, Alausa on Wednesday.

The committee also disclosed that over 500 officials of the Lagos Traffic Management Authority, 150 Federal Road Safety Corps officials and other police and Department of the State Security, DSS, personnel are expected to manage the traffic and security in Lagos during the presidential campaign.

To reduce and manage vehicular movement into the state and especially in the axis, the FRSC has also banned movement of trucks and tankers into the state between Friday and Saturday.

The Transport sub-Committee said that over 100,000 people are expected at the rally inside Teslim Balogun Stadium, venue of the mega rally.

Areas to be affected are: National Stadium and Teslim Balogun Stadium, Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere, Lawanson/Itire Road/Tejuosho Road, Apapa Road Costain, Abebe Village/Eric Moore Road, Eko Bridge/Apongbon, Marina Road, Ikorodu Road, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Old Toll Gate/Third Mainland Bridge/Obalende, International Airport Road, Oshodi-Oworonshoki Expressway,Agege Motor Road, Jibowu, Yaba-Muritala Mohammed Way Iddo/Otto, Herbert Macaulay Way – Adekunle, Ijora Olopa/Ijora

Briefing journalists on the planned traffic diversion and other logistics put in place to ensure a hitch-free presidential campaign rally, Seriki appealed to Lagosians to stay off Surulere axis on Saturday.

Seriki, who was in company of other members of the committe like the state’s Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, the General Manager of LASTMA, Wale Musa, the state FRSC sector Commander, Hygenius Omeje and other stakeholders in the state, said that the roads would be shut between 10 am to 6pm.