Minister wants traffic law enforcement against trucks to ease Apapa gridlocks

Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has called for traffic laws enforcement to tackle gridlock caused by indiscriminate parking of trucks on roads in Apapa axis of Lagos.

Fashola also said that port concession agreement and lack of loading bays was compounding Apapa gridlocks and stressed the need to make other ports in the nation viable to decongest the over-stretched Lagos ports.

The minister said this on Monday during an inspection tour of the ongoing Apapa-Oshodi-Ojota-Oworonshoki Expressway reconstruction project in Lagos.

Fashola stressed the need for inter-agency collaboration towards resolving the challenges as well as adequate enforcement of traffic laws to remove the trucks causing obstruction on the highways.

“We provided a truck park so that people can get off the road. So, this is now calling for only one thing, enforcement.

‘’It’s a multi-level problem also. Government has to enforce the law, I have to enforce the law. We all have different levels of enforcement.

“Traffic enforcement is FRSC, truck management is Ministry of Transport. We just need to come together and find an answer; street hawking is local government, road traffic law is state government, we just have to work together, this can’t continue this way,’’ he said.

Fashola said that Apapa port was overwhelmed and overstretched by cargo and there was need to make other ports attractive through incentives for people to use them.

The minister expressed optimism that the ongoing Lekki Deep Sea Port project would decongest Apapa Ports when completed.

He said that the ministry constructed a road in Calabar Port to address the problem of headroom to make it attractive to businesses.

Speaking on the Apapa-Oshodi-Ojoto-Oworonshoki project, the minister said sections one, three and four were almost completed.

He said section two recently awarded was 10 per cent completed.

NAN reports that section one of the project spans from Liverpool Round through Creek Road to Beachland near Sunrise and is about 10 km.

Section two is 8.4 km and spans from Beachland to Cele Bus Stop.

The project was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2018 to resolve Apapa gridlock and ease port congestion.

The contract was awarded to AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd. at the cost of N73bn under the Tax Credit Scheme of the Federal Government. 

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