There was an uneasy calmness Friday morning at the Lekki Toll gate with the scheduled reopening of tolling operations at the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge reports Prime Business Africa.
Lagos State government had earlier this week urged residents and stakeholders around Lekki and Ikoyi to show understanding, following the planned reopening of tolling operations at the toll plaza by the Lekki Concession Company Limited (LCC).
The tolling operations were halted following the October 2020 Endsars protests that saw several government facilities destroyed by irate youths including at the toll gate for what the protesters hinged on inhumane treatment of the citizens by the special Police department.
Prime Business Africa reports that there is heavy presence of government security forces at the toll plaza and Lekki-end of the bridge to ward off any possible violent crimes at the scene.
However as at 8am on Friday, the planned reopening of tolling operations was yet to begin with free flow of traffic along the route noticeable albeit reduced than usual.
The Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, and his Transportation counterparts, Dr. Fredericks Oladeinde as well as Home Affairs, Prince Anofi Elegushi made a passionate appeal during a stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday at the Lekki Coliseum in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos asking Lagosians to show understanding towards the government’s plans.
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Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.