Lagos State government said on Sunday it would be closing the popular Oba Akran Avenue in Ikeja to traffic to stage its annual Lagos Street Carnival, on December 3, 2017.
The implication is that from 12:00pm to 12:00am on Sunday, December 3, 2017, the vehicles would be barred from the road and traffic diverted to alternative routes around Ikeja.
Adebimpe Akinsola, special adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tourism, Arts and Culture, told journalists adequate preparations had been made for alternative routes to mitigate the impact of the road closure on motorists and residents.
The carnival, according to Akinsola, is to mark the beginning of several other events to end the year. It is also designed to celebrate the multi-cultural nature of Lagosians and reposition the state as a formidable cultural destination.
“Several adjoining roads would be closed on the day of the carnival while alternative routes could be accessed by road users. We like to assure Lagosians and visitors that efforts are in place to ensure that the venue and environs are safe and incident-free.
“We expect more visitors this year and a lot more will be coming. In terms of security and crowd control, the ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is not working alone. We are working with the police, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Fire service, LASAMBUS and the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA). All of them are onboard,’’ Akinsola said.
Giving details about the carnival, Akinsola said, “The Lagos street carnival is to herald the yuletide season. It is to showcase all the diversity of cultures in Lagos State. There is going to be an overflow all through Oba Akran; people dancing, eating, showcasing diverse cultures from different local governments and other estate groups that are resident in Lagos State.”
The line-up of artists to feature in the carnival include Olamide, Lil Kesh, Queen Salawa Abeni, Malaika, Tope Sax, among others.