Apapa Gridlock: Gov. Ambode urges FG to hasten completion of trailer parks, roads, link bridge

2ND RAINBOW 2Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has urged the Federal Government to ensure speedy completion of trailer parks, adjoining roads and link bridge at the Apapa Tin-Can port.

Ambode spoke on Thursday during a tour of Apapa area of the state as part of efforts to find a lasting solution to the gridlock in the axis.

“The roads that lead to Apapa, Wharf and Tin-can Island actually belong to the Federal Government and the link bridge has been under construction in the last six years.

“I appeal to the Federal government to make sure that the contractor comes back to site,” he said.

Ambode decried the rate of indiscriminate parking of tankers and container trucks on the roads and bridges as he ordered immediate enforcement of traffic rules in the area.

“The gridlock in Apapa is multi-faceted and it is totally unacceptable that we will be having tankers and trailers on our bridges.
“It is not also acceptable that they will be blocking all roads leading to this area.

“We must do something immediately to alleviate the challenges residents and business owners are facing,” he said.

The governor also raised environmental concerns about the 57 tank farms operating around the port and said that a meeting would be held with the operators to find a lasting solution to the traffic situation.

Also during a tour of Ajah area of the state, Ambode said that immediate palliatives would be put in place to allow easy flow of traffic in the area.

“The government is seriously concerned about the level of suffering people are going through in this area.

“Although, we have all agreed that a flyover is needed, but it will take like 18 months to be delivered.

“The palliative measure is to put a task force in place to ensure a 24-hour enforcement of the traffic law,” Ambode said.

  • emmanuel kalu

    lagos state can find some open area and build a park for this trailer and tanker. then instruct the port, that only tanker with schedule appointment can come to the area, and this should probably be done at night. if they biulding the parking lot, the govt can be generateing revenue. since the tank farms can’t be immediately moved, then the state of lagos should probably build rail tracks to move the cargo to less busy open area. from there the tanker and trailer can load. another means of generating revenue. we can’t be waiting for the very govt to do everything.

  • Dr. COCO

    Good talk, but IMMEDIATE ACTION will be more beneficial. The suffering at the Mile 2, FESTAC and Ajah axis is just becoming unbearable. I am glad you have first hand evidence of what goes on in these places, but I will be happier if you start putting measures in place right now. Palliative good, but permanent will be better.
    I am just imagining what will happen when the refinery, airport and the EPZ become operational at the Epe axis of the state. The roads are currently inadequate for the people, not to mention of when all these structures will be fully operational. Lagosians are dying daily as a result of traffic and lack of access roads. Please show the people you care. We are waiting.
    Most Lagosians don’t dream any longer because they wake up as earlier as 3am to start the day’s journey; and that is when real dreams start.