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LASG Launch Aggressive Operation to Clear Apapa Gridlock

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In a joint operation involving the Lagos State Government, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), and the Nigeria Police, a massive effort was launched on Thursday to eliminate abandoned and haphazardly parked trucks within Apapa and its surrounding areas, with a particular focus on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.

This operation comes just 48 hours after the Senate and Lagos State Government expressed the urgent need for collective action to address the long-standing and seemingly insurmountable traffic congestion in Apapa and its vicinity.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has also called upon both the executive and legislative branches to prioritize the development of the blue economy in Nigeria, emphasizing the importance of this sector for the nation’s growth.

The call for united efforts to tackle the Apapa gridlock was made during a courtesy visit by the Senate Committee on Marine Transport to Governor Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House in Marina.

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Leading the Senate Committee on Marine Transport during the visit was Senator Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, the Chairman of the Committee and former Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
<span;>Regarding the enforcement operation, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, the General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), conveyed through Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, the Director of Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, explained that this decision was taken after the expiration of a ‘Removal Order’ issued to truck drivers. The primary goal is to ensure the safety of motorists and enable the unimpeded flow of traffic throughout the entire Apapa region.

Oreagba, who led the combined enforcement team, disclosed that more than 18 trucks have already been removed in accordance with the government’s strict stance on gridlock and indiscipline. He also noted that these enforcement operations will be an ongoing effort to curb the excesses of trailer drivers and restore order to areas including Creek Road, Etisalat Corridor, Trebor Junction, Liverpool, down to Tin-Can first/second Gates to Coconut, Trinity, Sunrise, and Mile-2 axis.

Oreagba said,

“The Lagos State Government, being a responsible and responsive one, will ensure that pppevery motorists have a smooth ride from the Port Gate inwards Apapa-Oshodi Expressway and not only trailers carrying containers.”

The General Manager emphasized that previous attempts had been undertaken to reinstate order and recapture the former splendor of Apapa, which had been disrupted by the unruly behavior of trailer drivers.

According to Oreagba

“Series of meetings have been held with the Petroleum tanker/trailer drivers branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, other transport stakeholders to educate their members and ensure that they desist from indiscriminate parking and being indiscipline on the road.

“All tanker/ trailer drivers are advised to adhere strictly to the new directive, as the government will not hesitate to enforce traffic rules and regulations to the letter.”

He affirmed that any trailers or tankers found in violation of regulations would promptly face legal action and be prosecuted in line with the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018.

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