The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other emergency response agencies have expressed readiness for the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for routine maintenance from Friday, July 24, 2020, to Sunday 26, 2020.

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A spokesperson for LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, disclosed this after a meeting involving the Director-General of the agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu; the DG, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Omojola; and the General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority, Oluwadamilola Emmanuel.

He stated that during the meeting, strategies were mapped out to deploy members of staff and equipment on land and water for the safety of the residents during the period of the partial closure of the bridge.

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Okunbor said, “LASEMA has earmarked Ebute Ero and Ilaje as strategic locations for its ambulances and will mount its rescue boats in conjunction with the Lagos State Waterways Authority, on all waterways of Lagos, while its marine unit will mount a 24-hour watch over the waterways with jet skis fully deployed, particularly between the peak periods of 6.30 AM and 7 PM, as a lot more passengers will be advised to travel through alternate routes and the waterways.”

The Federal Government alongside the Lagos State governments had earlier appealed to commuters to cooperate with the relevant agencies during the six-month partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge for maintenance work.

The Federal Government had earlier announced the partial closure of the bridge from July 24 to January 24, 2021, for maintenance work.