Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor
Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, of Lagos State, has made a clarion call to the federal government FG to fix without further ado, the road from Mile-2 end going to Apapa, to complement the success the state government had achieved in easing traffic gridlock at Apapa and Tin Can ports.
The Governor also commended the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, for the digital call-up system for trucks to access the port yard.
Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu however, noted that the innovative call-up system had been corrupted by insider threats, by those desperate to sabotage the noble idea.
These notions the Governor expressed during an interview program on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics anchored by Seun Okinbaloye.
The Governor asserted that the trailers remained on the road because the ecosystem that NPA had set up, which initially was working had actually witnessed internal sabotage.
Sanwo-Olu thus affirmed, “I have fixed Apapa gridlock. And there’s no apology for that. However, we still have trailers on some of these roads, because the ecosystem that NPA has set up, which is actually working, but there has been sabotage amongst themselves”.
Another factor Governor Sanwo-Olu identified as trying to make Apapa traffic challenge ubiquitous was the gross lack of adequate parking garages for the articulated vehicles.
On the lack of parking space, the government said, “they don’t (NPA) have enough trailer parks to take trucks off the roads, we are building one for them in Orile, which we have signed a concession for,” Sanwo-Olu enthused.
He added that the trailer park would relieve 2000 trucks, and urged that if an effective call-up system was in place, trucks that had not been called up would have no business coming to Apapa.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu further disclosed thus, “but in terms of blockages to citizens, we (Lagos State Government) have done a good job yet, there are the little glitches we need to finalize with them (NPA).”
Recall that, as part of measures to resolve the gridlock around the ports axis, the NPA had launched an Electronic Truck call-up system, ETO, designed for the management of truck movement and access to and from the Lagos ports but the system is inundated with criticism.Share