Shippers Council Reveals Why Apapa Traffic Is Getting Worse
Have you been to the Apapa-Wharf area of Lagos lately? You will feel sad for Nigeria and people who live in that axis.
The roads leading to the area are a total mess.
And this is not going to end anytime soon, going by the report from the Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC.
So, as a way of being a part of the solution to the traffic menace, the NSC decided to commission a survey on the gridlock.
The result of the survey showed that about 7,000 trucks ply the Apapa Wharf Road on a daily basis. But that is not the real problem. The challenge is that only about 2,500 of them have genuine business at the ports.
So, what exactly do the rest go to do at Apapa? That remains to be established but the traffic gridlock is caused by these other 2,500 trucks that enter Apapa without having any business there.
Deputy Director, Monitoring, Enforcement and Compliance, NSC, Mr Cajetan Agu, gave details of the survey during a one-day seminar with journalists in Lagos.
He said: “The Lagos Logistics Ring spans from Apapa to Ijora, down to Orile, Mile 2, TinCan Island and back to Apapa. Within this ring, we have two financial seaports; TinCan Island and Apapa ports, about 27 tank farms and other logistics facilities.
“What we learnt from the study is that on a daily basis, up to 7,000 trucks and tankers traverse the logistics ring. But investigation carried out through interaction with terminal operators and tank farm operators revealed that on a daily basis, the number of trucks and tankers handled by the two seaports are less than 2,500.”
He reasoned that if the combined capacity of both seaports was less than 2,500, other trucks were not supposed to be at the Apapa axis, which accounted for the persistent gridlock.
The consultant, who conducted the survey, recommended the establishment of an intelligent traffic management system as a way of addressing the challenge, he added.
Agu said, “He recommended that electronic gates should be installed at the port entrances as well as the tank farms and the logistics passages within the logistic ring.
“He also recommended a truck and tankers’ village so that all the trucks and tankers will be confined to the village, and it is only those trucks and tankers that have business to do with any of the seaports or tank farms that will be allowed access to the logistics ring.”
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