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Ambode Laments Gridlock On Apapa Roads

Posted: Jun 26, 2015 at 8:24 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Adam Adedimeji,  Lagos


Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday visited major traffic gridlock in Apapa area of the state and appealed to the Federal Government to mobilise the contractor awarded the construction of Apapa road networks to return to site.

The governor who was accompanied on the visit by top officials of his administration and security agencies, said he was particularly disturbed over the traffic that commuters and motorists are condemned to on a daily basis, which he said was largely due to the indiscriminate parking of trucks attempting to access the port and tank farms located within the axis.

“What we have done in the last three hours is trying to find out what are the issues that partake to Apapa. We’ve all seen that the gridlock in Apapa is multifaceted”, the Governor said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna.

Alluding to the fact that the network of roads in Apapa belong to the Federal Government, the Governor lamented that the Tin-Can Bridge, which has been under construction for about six years was abandoned, given rise to tankers parking indiscriminately on the road.

“It is totally unacceptable; that we would be having tankers and trailers on our bridges. It is also not acceptable that they would decide to block all lanes that lead to Apapa. We’ve also seen that we must do something immediately to alleviate the challenges that the residents and businessmen are facing.”

“What we want to do first is, to appeal to the FG and most especially Mr. President that the contractor working on this particular bridge should come back to site and once we are able to open the trailer park, we would be able to allow other trailer and tankers to use the park,”

The Governor also expressed concerns about the activities at the 57 tank farms in the area, saying they constitute great security challenge for the state government, adding that owners of the farms will be summoned for a meeting soon.

As a palliative measure towards ensuring free flow of traffic, Governor Ambode said a task force would be immediately set up to ensure 24 hours surveillance of traffic flow while stressing that the Lagos Road Traffic Law will be enforced to the letter.

“We would pay more attention to enforcement. From this evening you would see that there would be more attention on enforcement and we would also fund that enforcement. We are going to give incentives to our law enforcement officers to ensure that the Lagos Traffic Law is obeyed”.

The Governor also assured that the road network that are in deplorable state in Apapa would also be given attention. Ambode, who also visited traffic points in Ajah Roundabout, assured that a joint task force will be immediately deployed to ensure free flow of traffic.