Ahead of the Lagos City Marathon billed for Saturday, the state government has announced the restriction of movement in some parts of the metropolis.
Addressing newsmen on their preparedness towards the 6th edition of the race, the Special Adviser to Governor Akinwumnmi Ambode on Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi said the restriction would start at 6.30 hours and end at 13.00 hours.
Prince Elegushi affirmed that adequate arrangements had been made to manage the situation in the light of the attendant traffic situation the restriction could cause.
The take-off point according to the Special Adviser is the National Stadium in Surulere on the mainland through Anthony to Gbagada as well as Third Mainland bridge through Alfred Rewane to Lekki-Ikoyi bridge and will terminate at the Eko Atlantic City on the Island of Lagos.
“The marathon will certainly involve restriction of traffic along the axis to ensure the safety of the marathoners, adequate arrangement has been made to ensure that security operatives and LASTMA officials (Lagos State Traffic Management Authority) barricade access to the dual carriageway affected by this event” he stressed.
Roads to be barricaded
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of LASTMA, Mr Wahab Jubril gave an exhaustive list of roads to be blocked to motorists to include Alaka and Masha inward National Stadium towards Ojuelegba-Western Avenue and terminating at Anthony.
“Blockage of the whole stretch of the Anthony Oke to Gbagada unto third mainland bridge along with access routes at New Garage, Adeniji Adele interchange, Sura/Simpson and Obalende; also, all access from Dolphin Estate towards Osborne terminating at Falomo roundabout, access to Falomo roundabout from Alfred Rewane (Kingsway road), Awolowo road and Victoria Island while there will be blockage of all access/link roads along Bourdillon up to Lekki-Ikoyi bridge roundabout and the link bridge.
In the same vein, there will be restriction on Admiralty way from the bridge outlet inward Lekki-Epe expressway enrout Ozumba Mbadiwe to Akin Adesola, Bishop Oluwole and Bar Beach (Atlantic City),” Jubril highlighted.
The Chief Executive Officer of LASTMA, Mr Chris Olakpe assured ‘Lagosians’ that the event would be seamless as the traffic officials would work hand in hand with the police and other security operatives deployed for the event.
Olakpe, a retired Assistant Inspector General of Police also called on the people to come out in large numbers so as to have a feel of the event and cheer the marathoners to victory.
“All the nooks and crannies including the corridors that will be opened to commuters will be adequately policed by LASTMA officials; we are working in collaboration with the police to ensure that there is no encumbrance. We call for the support of all ‘Lagosians’ and appeal to commuters to drive with care because there will be a lot of spectators hanging around to watch the event,” the LASTMA boss stressed.
Out of over 100, 000 forms made available, 12,000 athletes have already confirmed participation. Apart from this, 60 international participants in the male category have been confirmed, while a total of 20, 000 participants are expected to have registered.
Among the 20 gold class marathoners in the world, 18 have already confirmed their participation in the male category, while 6 gold marathoners in the female category have also confirmed participation.
International participants are expected from countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Eritrea, Morocco, Cameroun, Uganda and India, while about 120 professional athletes in Nigeria will slug it out with their foreign counterparts in the tournament.
A total of 42.195 kilometres will be covered in the marathon, while the total prize money for sixty winners in the different categories of the tournament is 92 million naira.
The winner of the first prize will smile home with 50,000 dollars while the second prize winner will get 40, 000 dollars and the third prize winner will get 30,000 dollars.
In the Nigerian category, the first prize winner will get N1 million; second prize, N750, 000 and N500, 000 for third prize.