Osinbajo’s Visit Brings Solution To Apapa Gridlock
Looking at the Apapa gridlock caused by trailers and other heavy-duty trucks waiting to lift imported items from the port, one will wonder if it will ever clear.
It has affected movement in and out of the area for weeks now and it is getting worse, but there are indications it could clear in few days.
On Friday, Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, made an unscheduled visit to Apapa Port and after he saw how difficult it had become for people to move around in the area, he ordered that the trucks should be cleared in 72 hours.
When order from above comes in Nigeria, there is nothing
that it cannot achieve.
You know how it is when security agencies in Nigeria get involved in things like this.
After the on-the-spot assessment, the Vice President directed authorities concerned to restore sanity on the expressway, and for the Ministry Department and Agencies (MDAs) to speed up the decongestion of the port.
Also involved in the clearance operation are the Police, Nigeria Navy, Nigeria Army, the Nigeria Air Force, FRSC and the NSCDC, LASTMA, LASEMA, Container truck drivers, National Association of Road Transport Owners, NUPENG and Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria.
They are expected to, within 72 hours, take all the necessary and appropriate actions that would restore order and ease movement within Apapa.
Because of the difficulty for vehicles to move into Apapa as at Friday, Professor Osinbajo was flown into Tin Can Island park by a Nigerian Navy chopper.
Professor Osinbajo, who was with the Transport Minister, Mr Chubuike Amechi and senior naval and police officials, walked close to the traffic to see how hard it has become for vehicles to move within the area.
The Vice President also visited the Five Star Berth at the Nigeria Ports Authority where he held talks with some officials and security personnel.
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