The Badagry Intervention and Human Rights Initiative (BIAHRI) on Monday called-off its planned protest over the deplorable state of Lagos-Badagry expressway.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group had slated a protest for Oct. 30 and 31 to draw government’s attention to the deplorable state of the Lagos-Badagry expressway.
Mike Whetode, Coordinator of BIAHRI, told newsmen in Badagry that the protest was called-off as a mark of respect following the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Consequent to the clarion call made on the social media on Oct. 3, requesting citizens, indigenes and residents of Badagry and Ojo Local Government Areas to come out to stage a protest.
“This is to draw the attention of the Federal Government to the pains and sufferings of the people living in these areas due to the deplorable state of Mile 2-Badagry expressway.
“But, we received reactions from Minister for Works, Housing and Power, Mr Babatunde Fashola and Federal Executive Council (FEC), which had announced the setting aside of N63 billion for the rehabilitation of the Agbara-Badagry expressway.
“In view of these positive reactions and responses from FEC and Fashola, we believe that our objective of calling for mass action has been achieved.
“As a mark of respect for the President, Fashola and FEC, we are hereby, in the meantime, calling off the mass action which has been slated for Oct. 30 and 31.
“In view of the prompt response and promises that we have received from the federal government, the protest is hereby suspended and shelved.
“Anybody or group of people found protesting is on his own,’’ he said.
The coordinator, however, urged federal government to mobilise contractors to the site before the end of the year.
“We want to seize the opportunity to request Lagos State Government to do everything necessary within her power to facilitate the reconstruction of the areas in her coverage without delay,’’ he said.
Whetode thanked all stakeholders who had responded to their call, home and abroad.
“Our thanks goes to radio stations, mass media, the student union governments of Lagos State University and Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education.
“We thank members of National Union of Road Transport Workers, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Teachers and concerned Groups, youths and women,’’ he said.