The management of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) conducted a joint inspection of strategic jetties and terminals with other stakeholders on Sunday, to monitor safety procedures, ahead of the partial closure of the Third Mainland Bridge.
The 11.8km bridge, described as the longest in Nigeria and inaugurated by the former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (retd), 30 years ago, will be closed for six months from July 24.
The closure would enable the Ministry of Works official to carry out repairs on the facility.
The Director-General of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said the joint inspection was carried out with officials of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and the Lagos Safety Commission.
During the inspection, the team visited jetties at CMS, Ebute-Ero Marina, and Ilaje Waterfront in Bariga on the Lagos Mainland.
Oke-Osanyintolu said the joint inspection was to make operators to abide by stipulated safety regulations.
According to him, the inspection is coming on the heels of a series of meetings between LASEMA and other safety agencies, where LASEMA’s management declared the agency readiness to address any crisis that may arise from the closure of the bridge as first responders.
He said responders had been placed on high alert with appropriate equipment for the upcoming task that would arise from the closure of the bridge.
Oke-Osanyintolu said the collaboration between LASEMA and other safety agencies was necessary to ensure the implementation of safety protocols, ahead of the partial closure until January 24 next year.