The Lagos State Government has announced that road diversions will begin as early as 6 AM for rapper Olamide‘s concert at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The Acting Commissioner of Tourism, Art and Culture, Adebimpe Akinsola, described the concert, coming up on Sunday, December 17, as an avenue “to showcase the budding talent amongst the youth.”
The State Government has subsidized the ticket fee, she added, to ensure Lagosians enjoy the concert. She said:
Olamide live in Lagos, the fourth of its kind is coming to the Mainland to ensure that every Lagosians enjoy fun-filled Yuletide.
The State government does not only see the entertainment industry as rich tourism content but is also using it as a platform of economic empowerment and a means to showcase the budding talent amongst the youth in the creative and entertainment sector.
The Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, represented by Abiodun Alamutu, added that the police would ensure maximum security at the event.
Officials with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have said service lanes will remain open to motorists.
“Alhaji Masha road will be closed to vehicular traffic in both directions between the National Stadium intersection and Shitta flyover.
“All U-turns and left turns under the stadium bridge are prohibited to vehicular movement during this period except for the VVIPs coming from Alaka and proceeding towards the VVIP Car Park 1.
“The service lanes on Funsho Williams Avenue are open to traffic but motorists are advised to keep to the main carriage or expressway to navigate their journey through Stadium Bridge.
Oluyemi said that alternative routes had been provided for the closed routes to ensure the free-flow of traffic for the day.
“With these closures, the alternative routes are available for motorists. Motorists from Masha and Kilo areas that want to link Costain Roundabout can go through Masha to Adelabu to Bode Thomas to link Costain.
“They can also follow Adelabu to Babs Animasahun to Bode Thomas and connect Costain through Iponri or Eric Moore, Nigerian Breweries (Abebe Village).
“Motorists coming from Masha areas of Surulere going to Ikorodu can go through Ogulana drive to Itire Lawanson to Ojuelegba and connect.
“They can also go through Shitta roundabout to Akerele Road to Randle Avenue and access Itire-Lawanson Road,’’ he said.
Oluyemi said that vehicular movement from Eko Bridge to link Ojuelegba, Jibowu and Mushin should restrict their movement to the main expressway at Alaka and ascend the stadium bridge.
The live concert is expected to attract about 25,000 people.