Apapa gridlock: Lagos bans trucks from coming into state

Apapa gridlock: Lagos bans trucks from coming into state

Apapa gridlock: Lagos bans trucks from coming into state

The commissioner, equally, lamented that the situation had become so awful that the state government must take drastic steps to remedy the situation, which has seen the gridlock extending from Apapa to Ojuelegba.

Addressing the briefing, the State's Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi said investigations revealed that the traffic lockdown was a direct result of the challenges being faced by operators of the ports' which had made it impossible for them to load the articulated vehicles/trailers that have come from the hinterland to evacuate imported items from the ports.

Elegushi added that officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA and the Rapid Response Squad, RRS had been mobilized to prevent trailers, trucks and oil tankers from gaining access to Lagos for now, adding that the trailers could stay at Ogere and other areas pending the resolution of the gridlock in the state.

"The port operators must solve the problem immediately so that Lagos residents and motorists would enjoy some respite".

"What we need to do is to keep on engaging with them, we keep on engaging with other states and so on".

"We appeal to owners of articulated trailers and tankers to stay away from Lagos for now until we resolve the problem", he said.

"If the ports can't determine how many trucks they are able to deal with on a daily basis; how they are informed about coming in and going out, then it will be a problem to deal with.

It is part of what makes the economy of Lagos what it is but we are saying let us deal with the logjam that we have presently and there is no way we can deal with it, we can only deal with the effect because the causes essentially have to do with the operations at the Ports and that is why we are appealing to them".

In a bid to get information from the Lagos state government, we put a call through to the Commissioner for Information, Steve Ayorinde which proved abortive as he did not pick his calls, neither did he reply a text message sent to him. "We are taking steps to mitigate the problem to ensure that Lagosians are not subjected to these avoidable pains", he said.

"Government is on top of the situation".

Commenting on the development, the President, Association of Maritime Truck Owners, (AMARTO), Chief Remi Ogugbemi, said the situation in Apapa could be likened a time bomb that could explode anytime, pointing out that no amount was too much to ensure safety of lives and properties.

He, therefore, appealed to all motorists and road users in the state "to seek alternative routes for now until the challenge of Apapa's gridlock is resolved".

"The situation is a time bomb that can explode. We are ready to give necessary support until sanity returns to Apapa".

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