Apapa gridlock worsens as errant truck drivers dare FG taskforce

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Stories by Seun Ibiyemi

The Taskforce set up federal government on Apapa gridlock appeared intimidated by the daring action, as trucks again took over both the expressway and inner streets, making them impassable for other road users.

At Mile 2 on the expressway recently, some members of the Task Force were seen even encouraging the truck drivers to park indiscriminately on the highway and its service lanes and this caused serious traffic gridlock, causing commuters to trek to their destinations.

Recall that the Task Force had last week declared its readiness to remove all trucks, particularly those with empty containers off the roads, to designated holding bays.

Commodore Eyo had said that movement of the trucks was expected to have commenced over the weekend but this has not happened since Monday it promised to get empty container trucks off the roads.

Recall that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had ordered the setting up of the Task Force to restore sanity in the area and it was initially effective.

However, Chairman of the Amalgamation of Container Truck Owners, Olaleye Thompson, said,  setting up a taskforce would not bring the anticipated solution to the perennial gridlock caused by trucks in the state, particularly along the Apapa/Oshodi expressway.

Thompson while speaking with newsmen during a stakeholders meeting held at the Officers Mess of the Western Naval Command, Apapa, said, “Hundreds of taskforce will not solve the situation except necessary actions are taken to address it.

“We have itemized the solution to this gridlock into three. The first solution is to allow our people parley with the taskforce. By so doing, we will tell them where the problem lays, especially the gridlock along Tin-Can Apapa axis.

“For instance, our people are conversant with all the routes leading to Tin-can and can tell the Taskforce where to deploy its men. By doing so, trucks will have to move through inner roads and come out at Coconut. That way, the expressway will be free for other road users.

“The second solution is the need to prioritize some days for each of these trucks.

“The third solution is to open all the gates at the Ports. The Apapa Port has about eight gates while Tin-Can Port has six gates. Out of the six gates at Tin-Can Port, only three are functional.

‘’At the Apapa ports, out of the eight gates, only four are working with others locked up. As you know, free flow of traffic demands an easy flow of exit. If the exit is too narrow, moving out will be difficult.”

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