Nigeria: Relief in Lagos as presidency orders clearance of Apapa gridlock within two weeks
London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Presidential directive has been issued for the immediate clearance of the Apapa gridlock and the restoration of law and order to Apapa and its environs within 2 weeks.
The directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the port
To facilitate this important assignment, operators of trucks and tankers have also been directed to vacate the Port Access Roads within the next 72 hours.
Consequently, Presidency on Wednesday set up a task force headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to facilitate the job
The directive was shared on the verified Twitter handle of the Government of Nigeria, @AsoRock.
Part of the notice read, “The directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from the bridges and roads within Apapa and all adjoining streets leading into the Apapa axis.
“To facilitate this important assignment, operators of trucks and tankers have also been directed to vacate the Port Access Roads within the next 72 hours.
“The meeting proffered lasting solutions to the gridlock around the Lagos Ports, as the traffic congestion has continued to restrict all operations and livelihood in the area.
“At the meeting were key heads and representatives of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, including the Honourable Minister of
@FMPWH, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola; Inspector General of @PoliceNG, Mr. Mohammed Adamu; representative of the Chief of @NigerianNavy Staff, Rear Admiral B.E.E Ibe-Enwo; Permanent Secretary, @followlasgMinistry of Transportation, Dr. Salaam Taiwo Olufemi; and the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, @nigerianports, Dr. Sokonte Davies, among others.
“Consequently, a Presidential Taskforce, chaired by Vice President
@ProfOsinbajo was established to restore law and order to the area within.
“The Taskforce, which will report directly to the President, has included on its Terms of Reference the development of an efficient and effective management plan for the entire port area traffic, including the cargo, fuel distribution, and business district traffic.”