Traffic Congestion: Lagos Government To Takeover Apapa Control From Presidential Taskforce

-by our correspondent.

The Lagos State Government would soon take over management of traffic in Apapa area of the state from the Presidential Task-force Team.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this during a fact-finding visit to the Apapa Ports to ascertain the reason for the incessant congestion in the port area, in spite of various measures already put in place including providing a park for articulated trucks.

Governor Sanwo-Olu on a visit to Apapa

The governor said a special team would be set up by his administration to takeover traffic management in the area with a view to restore stability.

He also said a stakeholders’ meeting, involving representatives of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), haulage transport unions and port operators, among others would be convened to work out means of solving the protracted traffic gridlock as well as having more efficient, effective port operations in the general interest of the public.

The governor decried the level of indiscipline among operators at the port environment and promised to investigate allegations of extortion leveled against security personnel in the area.

Governor Sanwo-Olu inspecting ongoing projects in Apapa

“This is not the first time, certainly not the second and in fact this is about the third or the fourth time in my government, that we are trying to see how we can bring an enduring solution to the Apapa gridlock. All the times we came, we knew that road construction is ongoing, but you can see now that inside Apapa, there is significant progress, a lot of roads have been done.” Sanwo-Olu said

“The state government is to set up a seamless operation to have a team of LASTMA about 400 to 500, and a team of policemen from Area B dedicated to the gridlock,” he added.

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