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Updated: February 24, 2021


Residents in Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, should brace for serious traffic disruptions on July 3, when the young French President visits Africa’s most populous country, the government announced on Sunday.

On a normal day with no state visit and with no traffic diversions, Lagos is already a chaotic place when it comes to public transportation.

Workers spend as long as four hours in traffic snarls to get to office. And when they finally make it there alive and exhausted, the journey back home is as chaotic as the first leg. In addition, robbers on motorcycles often wreak havoc, killing many people on streets without electricity and filled with potholes.

Mr. Macron’s visit and traffic diversions announcements would make things even worse on Tuesday July 3.

“Ahead of the historic visit of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron to Lagos, the State Government on Sunday announced that there would be traffic diversion and restricted movement from 12 noon to 12 midnight on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 around the Alausa, African Shrine/Agidingbi axis,” the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation in Lagos, Dr. Taiwo Salaam, said in a statement.

Mr. Salaam appealed for the understanding of residents, urging motorists to make use of alternative routes provided.

“While we regret the inconvenience that this might cause the public, especially those who live and work in the area, we appeal that you kindly bear with us during this period and make use of the alternative routes provided,”, Salaam said.

Macron is expected to be hosted by the Lagos State Government at the African Shrine, a compound named the Kalakuta Republic by the late Nigerian legendary musician and political activist Fela Kuti.

The location has changed now but back in the 1970s the Kalakuta Republic was communal compound that housed his family, band members, and recording studio. It was located at 14 Agege Motor Road, Idi-Oro, MushinLagosNigeria, and had a free health clinic, and recording facility.

Fela declared it independent from the Nigerian government after he returned from the United States in 1970.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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