The traffic congestion caused by tankers and trailers heading to Apapa, has been a major source of headache to the authorities for a long time now.

Several solutions have been tried but to no avail.

Now, the Apapa port landlord, the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA believes that a solution lies with more parks for the trucks.

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It is therefore asking the Lagos and Ogun state governments to make trailer parks available for licensing as part of efforts to address the gridlock problem once and for all.

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According to the NPA, once this happens, it becomes possible for only trucks housed in licensed trailer parks to access the ports.

The Managing Director, NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, stated this on Thursday, September 6th during a courtesy visit to the Punch Place, headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited in Ogun State.

According to her, the agency has advertised several times for interested stakeholders to come forward for the licensing of their trailer parks without getting encouraging responses.

She attributed this to the challenge with access to land.

“We are looking to license trailer parks, but they are not available. The NPA cannot construct trailer parks because it is not in its purview.

“We are also taking note of owners of trailer parks so that we can inspect them and give them licences. We will install a call-up system and any truck that is not housed in a licensed trailer park cannot access the ports,” said the NPA boss.

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