Apapa Gridlock: Task force seizes 120 trucks for non-compliance

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Story by Seun Ibiyemi

The presidential task force inaugurated by President Muham-madu Buhari has disclosed that  120 trucks have been seized for non-compliance to traffic rule along the Apapa axis.

The General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Mr. Olawale Musa said, “We have been able to apprehend 120 trucks so far for non-compliance to the directives. We were a bit lenient with them, if we were to go fully we will arrest more, but with that, we are not resting on our oars. We will ensure that the directive is duly followed by the truckers.

“We have been able to clear under the bridge, when you go there now you will discover that the place is free of truckers,” he said.

Meanwhile, the presidential task force in charge of evacuating articulated trucks in Apapa port has lamented that the Lillypond Container Terminal at Ijora which is being operated by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) does not have facility to operate 24 hours.

Since it cancelled the concession with terminal operators; Lillypond Container Terminal Limited, the NPA currently uses the Ijora terminal to operate its manual call up system.

Also briefing recently in Apapa, Executive Vice Chairman of the Presidential Committee Mr. Kayode Opeifa said that Lillypond truck park, a focal point of the NPA Manual Call up system has inadequacy to operate 24 hours due to non-availability of security and flood lightings.

He however assured that “We are working to perfect the use of Lillypond terminal to serve as holding bay for empty container return for trucks”

On his part, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council, Barrister Hassan Bello assured that the Tin Can Island Port would soon be linked to the rail network.

According to him, “The Federal Government is already working on linking all ports including the Tin can port and the dry ports by rail and in no time we will have movement of cargo by rail, already we are developing a sustainable system that will go on forever”.

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