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The Lagos State Government says the Badagry-bound carriageway on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway will be closed for five hours on Sunday.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, said this in a statement on Wednesday.

Opeifa said the closure was necessary as part of efforts to deliver the first phase of the Blue Line Rail Project.

He advised motorists and other road users to make use of alternative routes to avoid traffic delays.

He said, “The contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, will be installing pre-cast beams for the pedestrian bridge to take commuters into the rail station at Mile 2 and across the road.

“The Badagry-bound carriageway on the Lagos Badagry Expressway will be closed to traffic between 7am and 12 noon on Sunday, October 20, 2013 to enable the contractor to install the beams.

“We appeal for caution and cooperation from all road users to obey all traffic regulations and ensure traffic flow during the period of closure. We are working with relevant Lagos State agencies to ensure free flow of traffic.”

He added, “For those pastors, who claim to be part of us and have given the church a bad name; the Bible has not left us in darkness. The Bible says in the last days, there will be evil people who will corrupt the faith. The church authority is doing something to arrest the drift. Soon, you will see us take action on people like that.”

The state government has started schools reclassification and restructuring whereby primary and secondary school level of education are divided into elementary, middle and high schools.

Schools are being merged in the process and this has attracted severe criticisms from some quarters especially from Christians who believe that the policy would erase their Christian heritage.

Specifically, members of the Osun Baptist Conference had resisted the attempt to merge male students with the female students of the Baptist Girls High School, Osobo on October 2.

They also protested the merging of hijab-wearing pupils with the pupils of Baptist High School, Iwo.

But Aregbesola has already allayed fears of Christians and other religious groups about the merger saying “ no single group, organisation individual, religious or social body’s interest would suffer as a result of the ongoing re-classification and reform.”

The governor in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, urged the people of the state “to discountenance any untrue and baseless insinuation some anti-progress elements may be spreading across the state.”

He explained that the new policy was not aimed at erasing Christian heritage but was one of the efforts being made by the state government to transform the education sector in the state.

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