3rd Mainland Bridge: Lagos, FRSC On War Path

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The Lagos State Government and the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, are currently embroiled in a battle of with over who will control traffic when the 3rd Mainland Bridge is shut for repairs.

The 3rd Mainland Bridge will be closed partially between 1 July and November, 2012 to allow for the rehabilitation of the bridge.

The FRSC had announced that it had jurisdiction to control traffic on the bridge when the repair works begin next month but this action has angered the state government which sees it as usurpation of its power by the corps.

“It is unfortunate that Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) had gone to make this announcement; if you look into the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the exclusive legislative list, the only jurisdiction for managing traffic is what Federal Government has in a federal trunk road not on road within municipality of states,” said Governor Babatunde Fashola on Monday in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria while addressing newsmen.

“We cannot continue this desperate encroachment of territories. The constitution clearly sets out roles for different tiers of government responsibility. Therefore, the responsibility of managing and maintaining the 3rd Mainland Bridge is for Federal Government. But maintaining a bridge and managing traffic on it are two different responsibilities.

“The traffic management on it belongs to the state. The bridge that crosses the lagoon within the territory of a city lies within the state control for traffic.

“The trunk road by definition is a road that connects two states. Like the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. That is where the FRSC should be and not within the territory of the municipality of any state,” he added.

Fashola stated that the FRSC had been encroaching on the responsibilities of the state and that this had brought about inaccurate information.

“What we will be doing on the road during the period is that we will be fixing the expansion joint which are the metals between the roads. Contrary to what has been reported, it is not a complete closure but a partial closure. Where diversion will take place depends on the section of the road that will be worked upon.

“While we commend the initiative of the Federal Government to embark on the repair, there is no needless fear because we have done it before and at the time we did this, we all went through it. And today, we are better than where we were before; then, we diverted traffic to Western Avenue, Funsho Williams, Ikorodu Road and also through Murtala Muhammed Way, through Carter bridge on Lagos Island and out.”

The governor added: “At the time we did it, we were constructing some roads and now we are through with the roads. As for the choice of the date, it was an agreement between the federal and state governments that the period should be almost at the end of the third term session and the children’s vacation period so that the traffic congestion on the road will be minimal. However, much of the work will deepen when the pupils are on vacation,” he said.

Fashola stated that the target was that before the end of the year when the traffic was much, the repair works would have been completed, saying that it is actually in the interest of the people.

He said the responsibility of the residents was to make use of alternative routes to help reduce the quantum of vehicles on the road.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga


  1. cele

    The Govt should profess a better solution for traffic management

  2. GreatTony

    i think lagos state is over stepping its bounds. for crying out loud leave the FRSC to handle the whole issue ok

  3. Otunba OlaJyde

    Mr Victor, have you considered that too many unorganised personnel on the road can create a separate congestion of its own? the logistics and management of persons all wanting to be seen as important. FRSC and Lastma cannot function effectively for this assignment. There are issues of enforcement and fines and the almighty traffic management funding available for the repairs.
    As for Tony O, I’m sorry your comments though they are your opinion, smacks of total ignorance and I mean that respectfully. Do you know the cost of a bridge Sir? When you compare the lapse in public transport infrastructure, a bridge may not be an immediate priority even though we do need more bridges in our city. So comparing the financial might of a State government to that of Federal is naughty and mischievous. Further more you will only see Lastma on the trunk road for assistance when an accident has ocured and FRSC have been slow to react or may not have adequate resources to deal with whatever incidence. That is not to say FRSC are not working because they are> the geographical boundary they need to cover is enormous and they do not collect subsidy from petrol importation. Thank God.

  4. Tony O

    Who owns the bridge. Who s repairing the bridge? The same scenario played out itself during the Ogunlewe/Tinubu era. Maybe the Federal government http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=NG#/watch?v=rvI66Xaj9-o allow Lagos state repair the bridge if they so wish. For 13 yrs of Tinubu and Fashola administration in Lagos, how many bridges have they built.? It is always fight , fight and fight over rights. There must be more to it than we know. For sure LASTMA could mean more money from innocent road users through all forms of harrassment. Maybe that is the main issue? We see LASTMA daily on Federal roads including Lagos / Ibadan express road. So what is the Lagos state government saying. Both agencies should learn to work together.

  5. Victor A

    I do not understand all details involved, but what i know is that we should learn to collaborate, the more boots on the ground the better. If road safety and LASTMA want to control the traffic together, what is wrong in that? While some control the traffic, some should watch out for those reckless drivers that will want to break the ranks and apprehend them to make like easy for everyone. They just need to meet and discuss the strategy, the more they collaborate and complement each other the better, they should not be competing. State government can even invite road safety to give a helping hand if it is not in their plan to come, this will ensure too much pressure is not put on the limited LASTMA resources and other parts of the state will still get covered adequately. Collaboration is the key word. Even if Ogun state TRACE wants to help.

    1. mark o

      For crying out loud! does it matter who controls the traffic on this damn bridge! the way these two logheads are going you would think there is some money to be made here .actually maybe there is thats why both parties cant agree. i have just been offered a job in VI and i live in Ikotun, am already dreading the traffic in IKotun to VI now i have to contend with 3rd mainland bridge now… God help us. please fix up guys and sort these out , you acting like spoilt brats

  6. KD

    The FRSC should be well informed.

  7. Jayjay

    I think the Governor is right in his decision , the FRSC should be on the Federal trunk roads and not the roads within a locality, that LASTMA could see to that of thge thidd mainland bridge.

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