APAPA GRIDLOCK: Frustrated Residents Give Buhari 21 Days To Act
Call it frustration, and you could be right, and you can’t blame them either.
Imagine you live in Apapa and had to cope with incessant gridlock all the days of your life.
The residents of Apapa have taken this lying low for years, but it now appears they are choking and can’t stomach it any longer.
On Friday, the residents, under the aegis of Apapa Government Reserved Area Residents Association, gave the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to clear all bridges and roads in the area of trucks to ease movement.
The residents told reporters that unless urgent steps were taken to resolve the traffic problems, they would mobilise and shut down the area completely.
The President of the association, Brigadier General Sola Ayo-Vaughan (rtd), said the traffic congestion, which had turned Apapa and other parts of the Lagos metropolis into one huge parking lot, was as a result of government’s lack of planning and will to enforce its laws and policies.
He noted that the continuous queues of trucks and tankers blocking the entire network of intersecting roads, bringing traffic in all directions to a standstill were no longer acceptable.
Ayo-Vaughan stated that the problem which was within Apapa had snowballed into a Lagos traffic, making movement in the area and its environs a nightmare.
He said: “The bridges, which were built to facilitate movement of vehicles, have been converted into a permanent parking lot for trailers and tankers, restricting vehicular movement.
"Turning bridges into a parking lot is unacceptable anywhere in the world because of the inherent danger that may consequently cause calamity.
“The government has been warned of the looming danger which is inevitable if this practice continues.
"It is a matter of time.
"It is worthy to note that government officials and the Chief Executive Officers of the companies, government parastatals operating in Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports do not reside in Apapa".
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