See Lagos’ Latest Attempt To Tame The Apapa Traffic
Lagos government is unrelenting in its attempt to tame the infamous Apapa gridlock.
The government has acquired a large parcel of land at Ojo for the construction of a trailer park to tackle the gridlock in Apapa, and other areas caused by indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the construction of the park would ease traffic significantly.
“Recently, we got information that there is land available around Ojo.
“We found a land that can potentially be used to take some of these trucks off the roads; the logistics involved is being borne solely by the Lagos State Government,’’ Lawanson said.
He said that the government would soon begin construction of the trailer park to complement other efforts being put in place to ensure that trucks are off the roads.
The official said that the gridlock in Apapa had defied solutions for a long period because of lack of holding bays.
According to Lawanson, road and port infrastructure in the state are over-stretched because they have not been developed in commensurate with the growth of the Lagos State population.
He told NAN that the Apapa ports took care of about two-thirds of daily cargoes in and out of Nigeria.
“Because of the importance of petroleum products to the nation, Lagos will continue to bear the brunt for the rest of Nigeria.
“That is why we are calling on the Federal Government to give Lagos a special status,“ he said.
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