The State Government’s attention has been drawn to the recent traffic situation in Apapa and its environs which has unfortunately impacted negatively on the commercial activities of the citizenry.
Investigations have revealed that the traffic lockdown is a direct result of the challenges being faced by the operators of the ports’ which has made it impossible for them to load the articulated vehicles/trailers that have come from the hinterland to evacuate imported items from the ports. The situation was further aggravated by the current rehabilitation of some major roads and other minor roads which again necessitated the closure of these roads in Apapa.
The situation, as it were, led to the traffic bottleneck and backflow of the articulated vehicles to as far as Ojuelegba on the Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere.
While we appreciate and regret the hardship this has caused the citizenry, we wish to appeal to the port operators to please do all that is needed to get the challenge resolved as soon as practicable to eliminate this current hardship being faced by the people and the dangers it pose to the socio-economic activities and health of Lagosians.
As we intensify our consultations with the Nigeria Ports authority and the relevant transport unions like Tank Farm Owners Association, AMARTO, oil marketers in the sector, we appeal to the owners and operators of the articulated vehicles/trailers, petroleum tankers to please stay away from Lagos for now pending the resolution of the challenge which we believe will soon be over. They are advised to park at Ogere Trailer park and such other parks outside the State.
Consequently, relevant Government agencies like LASTMA and LASEMA and the RRS will be stationed at key gateways into Lagos State to ensure compliance while we use the whole of the weekend to restore order and sanity on the roads already affected by this available logjam.
We would however like to reassure Lagosians that we are on top of the situation and shall give it all it takes to ensure its resolution as quickly as possible.
In the interim, we would like to advise Lagosians and commuters especially to be guided and possibly seek alternative routes as LASEMA release safety tips in view of this dire situation.
Ministry Of Transportation
The Secretariat, Alausa Ikeja