The Lagos State Government has ordered all trailers, trucks and oil tankers to stay off all roads within the state immediately. 

The order became necessary following a week-long outright blockage of access roads to Apapa and intractable gridlock.

In the last fortnight, more than 2,000 trailers, trucks and oil tankers had massively flooded Ikorodu Road all through to Apapa in bid to get into the Port and tank farms to convey commodities.

The influx of articulated vehicles had culminated in intractably protracted gridlock that shut down Ikorodu Road and subjected residents and motorists to undue hardship on the roads before getting to their destinations.

Acting Commissioner for Transport, Lanre Elegushi, said although the state government understands the economic importance of articulated vehicles, but it cannot continue to watch as Lagos residents are being made to go through stress and hardship.

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Elegushi maintained that the state government would do everything possible to ensure that sanity returns.

“Investigations have revealed that the traffic gridlock is a direct result of the challenges being faced by the operators of the ports, which has made it impossible for them to load articulated vehicles that have come from the hinterland to evacuate imported items from the ports.

He revealed that the state government agencies; LASTMA, LASEMA and Rapid Response Squad will be stationed at key gateways into Lagos.

The President of Maritime Truck Owners Association, Remi Ogungbemi, said his members are willing to cooperate with the state government to ensure sanity returns to Apapa.

He, however, said if technology is deployed in managing the movement of vehicles into and out of the port, it would be a lasting solution.

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