Lagos govt. to take over traffic management in Apapa from Presidential Taskforce

Lagos govt. to take over traffic management in Apapa from Presidential Taskforce

The Lagos State Government says it will take over traffic management in the Apapa area of the state from the Presidential Taskforce, in order to restore sanity in the neighbourhood.


Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said this during a fact-finding visit to the Apapa Ports to ascertain the rationale behind the incessant congestion in the port area, in spite of the provision of a dedicated park for articulated trucks.


Sanwo-Olu said that a special team would be set up by his administration to take over traffic management in the area.


He also said that a stakeholders’ meeting, involving representatives of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), haulage transport unions and port operators, among others, would be convened.


According to him, the meeting is to work out means of solving the protracted traffic gridlock in Apapa, as well as having more efficient, effective port operations in the general interest of the public.


The governor decried the level of indiscipline among port players and promised to tackle head-on the allegations extortion levelled against security personnel in the Apapa neighbourhood.


“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 about an enduring solution to the Apapa gridlock.


“On all of the times we have come, we knew that we are having the menace of road constructions but you can see now that inside Apapa, there is significant progress. A lot of roads have been done.


“Today even being public holiday, it is even difficult for us to say that we have achieved a 100-per-cent traffic free flow into Apapa,” he said.


Sanwo-Olu stressed that there had been some accusations over a cabal collecting money from operators, adding that there were also some counter-accusations.


“You are aware that since last year the presidential task force had been working. Now, there is a process that is starting, in which the state government needs to take over the work of that task force.


“One of the reasons for this trip is to start that process, to see things for myself.


“The state government is to set up a seamless operation to have a team of LASTMA of about 400 to 500 officers, specifically dedicated to tackling the Apapa gridlock.


“We will also have a team of policemen from Area B (police area command) dedicated to the same gridlock. We understand what the airport police command is doing because they are also part of the problem,” he said.

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