Lagos resolves Apapa-Tincan gridlock as clearance exercise continues


Trucks causing gridlock at Berger yard in Apapa, Lagos ` Photo: Sunday Akinlolu

The Lagos State Government (LASG) on Friday said that it will continue the clearance exercise on major roads after alleviating the gridlock along the Apapa-Tincan corridor.

This is according to a statement issued on the official X (formerly Twitter) account of the Lagos State Government following its meeting with the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation (LAGMOT).

“Following the agreement reached at a meeting held yesterday in the conference room of @lagosmot18 between the LASG and stakeholders to implement solutions aimed at alleviating gridlock along the Apapa-Tincan corridor, the pictures and videos below depict the current state of the Corridor this morning, as the clearance exercise is still ongoing,” LASG wrote.

Meanwhile, The Lagos State Government has called on stakeholders at the Apapa-Tincan corridor to embrace the E-Call up system in a bid to address the gridlock within the area.

Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Bolanle Ogunbola, in a statement said that the E-Call up initiative is still the best solution to address the gridlock.

The government issued this statement on Thursday in Lagos during a meeting with the stakeholders in the sector.

To ensure sanity on the expressway, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Oluwaseun Osiyemi, warned that “Enough is enough”.

Osiyemi added that recklessness and indiscipline around the Apapa axis will no longer be tolerated.

“The present administration, led by Governor Sanwo-Olu, is passionate and determined to make life more meaningful, devoid of stress for Lagosians and visitors. We need to embrace this new order and project,” he said.

“There must be a willingness from all sides because the government doesn’t want to engage in force. What we are trying to achieve is for the good of the general public for a long-term effect and not a temporary measure.

“Commerce must be restored in this area without further hindrances. We are appealing to you the stakeholders to key into this new order of orderliness and discipline.

“There is the need for a paradigm shift in the way of doing business in and around Apapa. It’s not about fighting but about cooperation.

“We are setting up an eight-man committee to ensure implementation, enforcement, compliance and monitoring of the new order immediately.

“We (government) have made available the ABAT Trailer Park and others as parking lots for truckers pending when they will be called for loading at their various ports and tank farms.

“Any operator found to violate this new arrangement and agreement would be dealt with accordingly.

“There are two components of this agreement. The use of truck parks, load-bay and the use of a call-up system to ensure orderliness on the road. It is no longer business as usual. Enough is enough. This is a final warning to operators.”

The Apapa gridlock, in the past few weeks, had worsened due to the breakdown of the earlier call-up system and operations at the seaports.

The Guardian

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